Federico attended Ruth Asawa’s School of the Arts in San Francisco and specialized in theater technology and acting. She earned a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at S.U.N.Y. Purchase in New York, and studied playwriting and screenwriting under such celebrated artists as William M. Hoffman, Lloyd Richards and J.D. Zeik. She has an M.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University where she was mentored by production designer Polly Platt and screenwriter Larry Gross. Federico was the first woman to win Best Director for her thesis film, Bean, which garnered several awards at national and international film festivals.
Since 2003, Federico has taught at many institutions serving under-resourced populations. She offered instruction in filmmaking and playwriting to students all over the Los Angeles area in libraries, private, charter, and special education schools.
The former director of an after school program, FILM CLUB, Federico taught filmmaking to ESL Russian and Armenian students. The students would write, direct, and produce their own work as a collaborative. The program ended with a final exhibition of their films at a local independent movie theater and were judged and awarded by industry professionals.
A highlight of Federico’s career was when she helped produce an adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 for young audiences, which was performed during Ray Bradbury week. The cast and crew were honored to meet the famous author at City Hall.