300 word Bio at 1/3/20 – (submitted as a cast member for play in February in NYC)
Fran Sisco is an award-winning entertainer, actor, writer and artist, and transgender female advocate. Her community theater stage work includes roles in the musical “Mame” with Harrison Players, showcase presentation scenes and workshops with Axial Theatre, Ossie Davis Theatre, and with the Brazen Giant Ensemble at Players Theatre. Fran has sharpened her acting skills via intensive acting classes and workshops with Vincent Pastore and Maureen VanZandt at HB Studios and Vince Curatola in Nyack, as well as playwriting workshops. Fran has appeared in over 100 cabaret and comedy shows, including as a member of The Imperial Court of New York, and in IMDb award-winning short films (“Happy Trans Girl Like Me,” “Awakening Arlene”) and an MNN comedy sketch show. Fran’s two short documentary films and screenplay called “The Past Comes Back” has received awards and critical acclaim. Her autobiographical play-in-development is “Once a Boy” for which over 20 scenes have been performed in workshops and theaters, particularly in development at the Brazen Giant Ensemble. Fran has written or co-written over 300 songs and poems, many published, and essays as a published columnist in a syndicate of eight community newspapers. Fran’s long-running “Crisis Help Radio Show” on WVOX 1460 AM has included interviews with scores of guests from the entertainment fields from around the world. She is also a painter and sculptor with awards for two sculpture pieces. Fran attributes her varied creative skills to (a) being very intellectually curious (b) her life in two genders that has provided an unusual life perspective (c) her understanding of characters and scenes via extensive business experiences, gained by serving literally thousands of clients over the years as their trusted CPA and financial advisor and (d) being blessed with extraordinary opportunities to learn and grow. Fran’s social media includes http://www.TransFranSisco.com and http://www.Facebook.com/FrancisSisco.
BRIEF BIO – On 12/8/17, Fran Sisco received “The Sue Fitzsimons award for Talent and Perserverance” and at the fundraiser in Teaneck, NJ, the event’s program including the following brief bio:
Fran Sisco enjoys living what some may think is a very varied hurried life. She juggles handling the financial needs of about 100 clients as their CPA and financial advisor, with her non-stop schedule of songwriting, performance, stand-up comedy, art and working with several non-profit organizations. Fran began her career at Price Waterhouse serving companies of all sizes throughout the United States, and sometimes traveling to distant places like Europe and Algeria, but then focused on personal financial planning serving individuals and small businesses. Always in love with writing poetry and creating songs, Fran took to the stages of comedy clubs and other venues to better express her new life as a transgender woman starting on 1/1/11, through stand-up comedy, original songs, parodies and dance. Her crazy life will be featured in her upcoming book “Left-Brain, Right-Brain and the Soul.”
Overview – Fran Sisco has begun a second life six years ago on 1/1/11 when “she” decided to live full-time as a female and pursue a life-long dream. At the same time, Fran knew that she needed to better explore and utilize her creative/sensitive/relationship side (her right-brain) yet still serve clients with her analytical, detailed and organized skills (her left brain.) What has transpired since has been that Fran intensified each side, and perhaps more importantly has integrated both sides into a more balanced, integrated, powerful whole! Her personal breakthroughs in living more passionately and productively have been so remarkable that she researched how to share the good news with others and how to use these integrated skills to help people shape not only their financial lives but their total lives. See the tab on this site for information about her new self-published book called “Left-Brain, Right-Brain and the Soul.”
Fran considers her right-brain abilities and activities as a speaker, comedian, singer-songwriter, author, painter, entertainer and inventor as important not only in her life but helpful to clients as her being a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) for over 30 years (once manager at Price Waterhouse, PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) which helped her to develop HFS, AEP (Accredited Estate Planner), investment expert (once held Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses during her employment in large broker-dealers including Prudential-Bache, Nathan & Lewis, Walnut Street Securities, Cetera Networks Advisors), principal of a Registered Investment Adviser corporation, licensed insurance agent, manager of several small businesses including retail businesses and inventor of various products and services including (1) Captionized Video System (patent applied but not issued), (2) Rummikub 500 board game (co-invented with Larry Greenberg) manufactured by Pressman Toy Corporation and winner of Games Magazine’s “Family Game of the Year” in , and (3) Ledge Fund Investing System (provisional patent applied but expired).
Affiliiations – Fran Sisco has an extensive network of associates, colleagues and other professionals, making it possible for her to be very involved in a myriad of services and activities. Fran is currently active with the following organizations: (1) as a member of the board of directors of the LOFT LGBT Community Services Center in White Plains, NY (www.loftgaycenter.org) (2) as an active member and performer with The Imperial Court of NY (a charity fundraising and performance nonprofit) (3) as a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Rochelle, NY (3) as a member of the (a) American Institute of CPAs, (b) National Association of Estate Planners, (c) Estate Planning Council of Westchester County, NY, (d) The American Society Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for certain created songs with music and lyrics (e) The Poetry Caravan in Westchester County. (e) co-host of the “Crisis Help Radio Show” on WVOX 1460AM and http://www.wvox.com worldwide. Fran’s registered investment advisory corporation (since 1995) is called Financial Management Corporation.
Fran’s prior affiliations include: (1) a co-manager of the Westchester Writers Roundtable, (2) active participant in the Poetry Caravan (3) active member of the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church in New Rochelle, NY (4) member of chambers of commerce in New Rochelle, NY and Tuckahoe, NY (5) columnist for 2 syndicated local newspaper chains, writing a long-running column called “Life and Money” in a personal narrative style (6) undergraduate of Iona College in New Rochelle, cum laude and recipient of a special accountancy award for excellence.
Personal – Fran is married with one daughter and lives in New Rochelle, NY. Fran Sisco enjoys writing, creating, performing, comedy, singing-songwriting, inventing and volunteering in various nonprofits.
Published Essay about Fran and her daughter Kelly –
Below is a link to an essay called “A Dad and Her Daughter” that was published in the April 2016 issue of the popular well-respected glossy “Westchester Magazine.”
A bio/pic that is more right-brained, yet holistic:
Bio done on 8/14/18 for E.M in advance of New Orleans tour: