Shawna Franks is Artistic Director of Bold Voice Collaborative, an award-winning professional actor, and the Managing Director of Facility Theater as well as a public speaking and acting coach. Her method is rooted in an organic process, drawing from an alchemy of techniques gleaned during her many years of acting and vocal coaching for the theatre. Shawna has coached speakers at TEDx events over the past six years. Shawna’s acting credentials include the leading role in Grand Concourse at Steppenwolf Theatre. A graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, where she began her acting career, Shawna originated the role of Dottie in Killer Joe by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts and has appeared on London’s West End and in various other productions in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Los Angeles and New York City. Shawna is the founding Artistic Director of Space 55 Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was named Phoenix New Times Top 100 Creatives List (Top 4), as well as winning Best Actress, and nominated for The Governor’s Arts Award.