About your Francelators
Born in San Francisco, educated in Michigan, Boston, France and New York City, Hillary has not had what one would call a sedate life. Immediately following her undergraduate education in French Literature, Hillary was accepted into the prestigious New York University Graduate Acting Program where she studied with some of the finest international theater minds.
Her professional career debuted with the New York premiere of Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby, and went on to include starring roles in the critically acclaimed adaptation of Sartre’s Morts sans sépulture (Men Without Shadows), the New York Premiere of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, several television appearances and a lead role the feature film, Company K. In 2005, after 6 years as a professional actress in New York City, Hillary up and moved to Paris in order to consummate a life-long love affair with France. Today she lives in the 10th arrondisement, the melting pot of Paris. She continues to work as an actress both in French and in English and writes for several Parisian blogs, including her own, 13.
Dan lived in France for 3 years to write, and he managed to get lost geographically, linguistically & culturally more than once. A lover of all things French, Dan traveled far and wide throughout the country, tasting wines and sampling cheeses along the way, and he now brings his insights to the fore here at Lost In Francelation!
Originally from the great city of New York, Dan went to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied film, writing and acting. His scripted adaptation of Arthur Bradford’s short story “MATTRESS” won him a Kodak Student Filmmaker’s Award. An avid film lover, his time in Paris was spent writing and familiarizing himself with foreign film of all kinds. He has workshopped his material in several forums in Paris, including The Moving Parts Theatre Series and The Bilingual Acting Workshop. His articles, critiques and reviews have been published in the 'Lost in Gay Paris' blog on Bonjour Paris, GOGO Paris, Paris-Link, and on USA Today.com as a contributor. Back in New York, Dan continues to pursue acting and writing through LIF as well as a video film review project entitled The Moody Reviewer.
Jessica was born in San Francisco and grew up in the wine country of Northern California, which she’s since realized is about as close as you can get to France without actually leaving the U.S. She studied French and journalism at Boston University, completing a newspaper internship in Paris and graduating with a degree in journalism in 2004. Over the past five years she has written regularly for various print and Web publications. She is currently indulging her inner Francophile working with ATOUT FRANCE in New York City, which she has called home for four years.
Kim never knows how to answer the ubiquitous question, “Where are you from”? She spent her childhood in Greece as the army brat child of an American father and a French mother, who ensured her children were immersed in French culture (at home, at least). In other words, Kim has been Lost in Francelation from day 1.
Moving back to America in the 80s, Kim got her master’s degree in film and dance criticism at NYU and fell into advertising copywriting, while continuing to perform whenever possible in regional shows throughout the northeast. She has no idea how her performance in the feature-length film Ankle Bracelet won her the Best Supporting Actress award at the Pocono Mountains Film Festival.
After impersonating a productive member of society for many years, Kim finally moved to Paris in 2000, which she’d wanted to do from the age of 10. There continues to act, notably as Esther in Compagnie de Cedre’s MEN!!! where she could finally stop pronouncing French correctly, much to her mother’s chagrin.
Kim has performed in the Avignon Off Festival twice, been in countless staged readings and short films, and does voice-overs and dubbing for films as well as translations, interpreting and freelance copywriting. She relies on decades of dance training plus stage fencing classes to lie about her age.