As a founding member of Avant-Garde Entertainment, Francis is no stranger to theatre. For the past eight years he has been involved in many theatrical productions in both Gallatin and Park counties. He served in the United States Air Force for six years and is currently serving in the Montana Army National Guard. He has worked with the Blue Slipper Theatre, The Shane Lalani Center for the Arts, and The Ellen Theatre. Some of the most notable roles that he has portrayed include Paul in Barefoot in the Park, Harry Lockwood in The Colors of Blackmail, Anthony in Sweeny Todd, and Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls. He also has provided technical assistance for several productions at the Ellen Theatre. In 2012, he won the audience choice award for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Blue Slipper’s 10-minute Play Festival.
Francis was motivate to create Avant-Garde Entertainment with his cofounder, Christopher DeJohn, as a method to enhance the arts community in Bozeman, Livingston, and other areas of Montana. He is currently studying Business Management and Economics at Montana State University in Bozeman, but felt that he could put his studies to immediate use while pursuing his ultimate passion: Theatre. He is looking forward to embodying the mission of Avant-Garde Entertainment: to forge partnerships, cultivate talent and provide contemporary entertainment for open-minded audiences in an ever-changing marketplace. He likes to experiment, and as the company’s name suggests, the forthcoming productions are designed to stretch the current perceptions of entertainment in Montana. The debut production of Besties! is one such experiment, and he is excited to see the results.
Name: Francis Wendt
Lives in: Belgrade, Montana
Company: Avant-Garde Entertainment LLC.
Occupation: Producer, Actor and Manager
Unique traits: Military Experience, Business Acumen, and Creative Talent
Film (short) by Montana State University / David Thiede Lieutenant Davis (Supporting)
Honor Among Thieves
Film (short) by Montana State University / Ryan Plume Abe (Supporting)
The War on Oil
Film (short) by Montana State University / Ryan Plume Self