Francis Gercke is the co-founder and artistic director of Backyard Renaissance Theater, the recipient of the 2019 San Diego Critic Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Small Theater. Prior to that, he co-founded and served as the artistic director of New Village Arts in Carlsbad from 2001 through 2006. Francis has also received the San Diego Critics Circle Award for acting and directing. He has been a faculty member at Palomar College for 15
years and has taught privately through Actors Approach since 2008. A graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School for Social Research, he has worked as an actor and director in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, and regionally as well.