Krista Franco

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Theatre, at its core, is an exploration of self, environment and situation. It provides a lens through which to view the world and a vehicle to deliver voices & ideals to a wide audience. It is a collaborative art that is at its most vibrant when story and interpretation join to lift the human spirit. It is a home for differing perspectives, challenging subject matter, and narratives of both joy and pain. Theatre provides a space to make choices that result in successes and failures; while giving us a mirror to examine and learn from them. This mindset is how I approach my teaching, my mentorship and my professional pursuits.

  • MFA, scenic design, Florida State University
  • BA, design, Clemson University


Krista Franco


Krista Franco is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and serves as the program's resident designer and production manager. In addition to technical production and design courses, she teaches a course in Arts Entrepreneurship. She has held faculty and designer positions at Washington and Lee University, Sweet Briar College, Randolph College and Connecticut College. Krista has designed for the Athens Theatre, the School of Theatre at Florida State University, and Ole Miss Theatre & Film as a visiting guest artist. Franco has also worked as a scenic artist at several prestigious regional theatre companies, including the Utah Shakespearean Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals and Yale Repertory Theatre. In 2006, she co-founded Endstation Theatre Company, which produces regional new work, site specific theatre and unique theatrical interpretations each summer in central Virginia. She runs the company's Professional Apprentice Program and recruits students from colleges and universities throughout the country to collaborate with Endstation's core group of theatre artists. Franco continues to sit on the board of directors, while also serving as the company's production manager and resident scenic designer. She is a professional member of The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) where she is the Chair of the Spiegel Award committee and holds a Vice Chair position for Design & Technology.

More About Krista Franco

Areas of Expertise

  • Theatrical Design and Production

Course Sampling

  • Stagecraft
  • Theatre Workshop
  • Theatre Workshop Leadership
  • Lighting Design
  • Scenic Design
  • Scenic Artistry
  • Arts Entrepreneurship

  • New Play Development
  • Site Specific Theatre
  • Professional Development for Artists
  • Theatrical Design & Production Management

  • Scenic Designs for: World Premier of Counter/Top, a play by Kirin McKrory