Franko started his career as an actor and writer, working at Gamboa, Vila Velha, Castro Alves and CDL Theatre in Brazil (Bahia) and Gate and Royal Court in the UK. He has an MA in Theatre Practices (Directing, Rose Bruford College / University of Manchester) and is particularly interested in dramaturgical intertextuality and intercultural theatre practices. Directing credits include “Clua's Skin In Flames”, British Theatre Critics Choice, (2015) at Park Theatre; Lawrence Olivier award winner Bola Agbaje's “The Burial” at the Albany Theatre (2013); Brecht’s “Yes Sayer, No Sayer” at Young Vic Theatre (2010) ; “Mishima’s Sotoba Komachi” Metro and Time Out Critics Choice, at Greenwich Theatre (2004) ; “The Damask Drum” Time Out Critics Choice, at Greenwich Theatre, (2004) and many others. Franko has directed for the Young Vic Theatre Teaching & Participation project (2008 - 2010), assisted Cicely Berry at the RSC Stratford (2005-2006), and directed regularly at Lewisham Youth Theatre/Catford Broadway (2006- 2015). In 2011 he was awarded the International Press Award for Theatre. In the same year he received the Focus Brazil award for his contribution to promoting Brazilian Theatre in London, in particular for directing “Waltz #6”, “After Doroteia” and “The Asphalt Kiss” by Nelson Rodrigues and producing the Origins/Origens Festival of Brazilian Dramaturgy (2005-2010). He is an associateartist at The New Theatre Royal Portsmouth.