Ava Nicole Frances, a joyful sixteen year-old singer and performer, lives in San Francisco with her two dads, their adorable golden doodle Rita (Hayworth), a not-so-agreeable cockatiel, Rose (-mary Clooney), and a fish called Vicki (Lester).
Already a cabaret veteran, Ava has performed three autobiographical shows to sold-out audiences at Feinstein’s at the Nikko & Society Cabaret in San Francisco, Don’t Tell Mama in New York, and Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Los Angeles.
These cabarets shared the story of Ava’s adoption by two fathers, and championed equality – all told through song selections from the Great American songbook.
At 13, Ava celebrated her love of her favorite icons, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, with a cabaret show dedicated to their songs.
Most recently, Ava wowed in Mutual Admiration Society costarring with Broadway and recording artist Charlo Crossley, at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Los Angeles. Cabaret Scenes magazine noted: “Ms. Frances is an amazing singer… her voice is pure, and she can take a listener’s breath away with the sheer beauty of the sounds she produces.”
The show has produced a live recording, released to rave reviews in Broadway World and Cabaret Scenes.
Ava is ecstatic to be a 2020 national finalist in the venerable Great American Songbook competition.
Before the pandemic kicked in, Ava kicked off 2020 with a lead performance in Young Actor’s Theatre Camp’s New York production of Hell on Earth, a Middle School Musical at Feinstein’s at 54 Below.
During the 2020 pandemic Ava released two singles to benefit the Save the Children charity. One World is a world premiere of a song originally written for Donna Summer (but never before released) calling for a world of equality, love and unity. I Am Your Child is a cover of Barry Manilow’s song about the gift of gratitude, and a promise that young people will hold a brighter beacon into the future.
Ava is a member of the musical theatre department at the prestigious Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA). She also has studied dance at the revered ODC Dance Commons and San Francisco’s iconic Star Dance Studio.
In March Ava had the privilege to perform the role of Diana Morales in the Ruth Asawa SOTA production of A Chorus Line for two performances, just before the pandemic shutdown.
And in between, Ava enjoys the blending of extreme fun with exceptional performance work at the Young Actor’s Theatre Camp, where she gets to live and breathe acting, singing, and filmmaking. Two short films in which she’s appeared were nominees for the Best Emerging Filmmakers award at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival. Attending an opening at Cannes with her peers is a professional and personal highlight!
As a younger performer, Ava played a variety of local children’s theatre roles, from Tracy in Hairspray to Harold Hill in The Music Man. She appeared in dramatic roles in Don Quixote, playing the dual parts of Aldonza and Dona Quixote.
Ava’s passion for the performing arts extends to photographic character studies of iconic women’s roles in theatre and film, in replica costumes exquisitely recreated by her dad. Mark A. Vieira and others have photographed her in signature costumes from Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Casablanca, Cabaret, Gone With the Wind, Cleopatra, Funny Lady, Victor/Victoria, and Hello Dolly. Also Cher, of course. And naturally, Rita Hayworth. Oh and Jean Harlow too.
Wait till you see this year’s costume surprises! Coming in the Fall.
Empowered by these women’s legacies, Ava proudly nurtures her own way to the Broadway stage, and screen. (Ava wanted to say claws instead of nurtures, but her papa insisted, and she wants that noted for the record!).
When she is not on a stage or in front of a camera, Ava enjoys playing guitar, song writing, reading (a library all her own contains over four hundred books), travelling, and baking. Her cinnamon rolls are particularly scrumptious!
Social justice and humanitarian causes are of course a passion.
Ava loves to celebrate the joy in life. She is dedicated to helping others find their joy by fighting for equality for all.
And dignity for all.
And happiness for you.