Francine Segal, as cited by Williams, belongs to that true aristocracy of passionate theatre souls. She holds an MFA in theatre, having trained in the U. K., Columbia University, and the University of New Orleans. Years as a Theatre Professor segued to Dialogue Coaching film stars, such as Mark Wahlberg, Nicholas Cage, Alexander Skarsgard, Matthew McConaughey, and Jessica Lange. She is a Big Easy award recipient for Maria Callas in Master Class, and has played the Princess for TWNOLF, Louise Nevelson in New York, Gnadiges Fraulein in Provincetown. Film roles include Monster’s Ball, Storyville, and Cat People. Francine is directing an adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces for the Festival.