My creative journey began when, at age 9, I made my stage debut by stepping into Dorothy Gale's ruby red slippers in THE WIZARD OF OZ. Then and there, a fire was ignited in my soul and its flames of inspiration were fanned by my fascination with the works of Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Angela Lansbury, Julie Andrews, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and Audrey Hepburn. To this day, I remain inspired by each of these iconic, legendary entertainers as I continue my journey down the proverbial Yellow Brick Road.
It has been my extreme good fortune to play a remarkable number of diverse leading and supporting roles: dramatic, comedic and musical. As a character actress, I love stretching my imagination and acting muscles way beyond their initial breadth. My ultimate dream has remained the same since early childhood: to revive the role of Dolly Levi in the Broadway revival of HELLO DOLLY! And the proverbial icing on that cake would be to land a principal role in an animated feature film (a singing role would be doubly delicious). When not on stage, I love working in voice-overs, film, television, webisodes and podcasts.
One of the most surprising accomplishments of my life, was co-writing my Dreamers Like Us album with Joe Piket (a/k/a/ Joe Pace). What started out as a song to help me come to terms with my dad’s untimely passing, became a songwriting journey that led me to fronting New York-based country band Sidewinder from 1997 to 2001, which is when I and my wonderfully supportive husband, Kenny, moved to Nashville to work with record producer Ray Doggett. Sadly, Ray passed away several months after we arrived in Nashville and my country music endeavor unraveled. Although that part of my artistic career never took flight, remembering that Ray liked to call me "the Bette Midler of Country" (quite a compliment!) still brings a big smile to my face.
My life has certainly had its share of twists and turns, but my inner compass has always brought me back to the thing I love most: performing. The fire that was ignited in my soul when I was a little girl continues to blaze, and I am so grateful to have my sweetheart, Kenny, by my side as I continue on the journey that is my dream.
For more about me, please visit www.francineberk.com.
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Best Actress in a Musical ("One Kiss Cafe"), BroadwayWorld Nashville
Best Actress in a Play ("Mysterious Skin"), BroadwayWorld Nashville
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical ("Mame"), Circle Award
North Shore Community Arts Award for Drama (New York)
Ongoing Acting Workshops