Aside from my work as a performer, I have spent a lot of the last year building my skills in the field of intimacy direction. I am invested in changing the culture in our rehearsal spaces, one room at a time. I want you to know that “No, but” is the new “Yes, and” and that your boundaries are important. If you need intimacy choreography for a show you are working on, get in touch!
This May, I was selected to participate in the International Intimacy Choreography Intensive, taught by the founders of Intimacy Directors International. Also in May, I assisted with intimacy choreography on Pointed Cap Playhouse’s Ill Met By Moonlight.
Coming up, my intimacy choreography work will be seen this summer at the Toronto Fringe (Above & Beyond), and in Dauntless City Theatre’s All’s Well That Ends Well.
In other news, my dog Starbuck dazzled (yes, DAZZLED) in her second stage role in Theatre Born Between’s production of Vitals this past November. Her performance garnered critical pupclaim, and will undoubtedly earn her a Toronto Theatre Canine Critics Award.
Fountainhead & Crab the Dog
I am pleased to announce that I am now represented by Fountainhead Talent! The last few months have included voice bookings, a role on Mary Kills People (Global/Lifetime), and a summer of Shakespeare. I had so much fun playing Launce in Dauntless City Theatre’s Two Gentlewomen of Verona, and with my little dog too! Starbuck played Crab the Dog, and she’s already locked down the Dora in her category.
It’s been a while since I wrote a proper update, so I’ll stick to the highlights and lowlites.
Lowlites: My dog had a broken leg all summer. Holy beans, US Election 2016. Are we all going to die?!
Highlights: Another national commercial, an on camera class with John Boylan, and theatre projects in development. And I’m so happy to have shot a small role on my favourite Canadian sci-fi drama Orphan Black. The final season begins airing in June on Space and BBC America.
Every once in a while, a stranger stops me to talk about Romeo and (her) Juliet, our queer take on the classic, which we staged over 2 years ago. I hope it encourages other young people to queer up the cannon and pursue better representation for marginalized identities in their artistic practices.
Continuing in my work as Artistic Producer with Headstrong Collective, I’m very happy to be Assistant Directing (under the incredible Kelli Fox) Man to Man this December. Aside from voice and tv bookings, the last couple of months have included a hearty helping of grant writing and applications in support of our spring project, the development and premiere of Salt by Erin Vandenberg. So, if you’ve got too much money laying around, I have some great indie projects to pitch you.
It’s been a busy spring! I had the absolute delight of playing Hero and Verges in Dauntless City Theatre’s Drunk Ado About Nothing, and shot another commercial. Romeo and (her) Julietwon Best Ensemble and Best Director at the My Entertainment World Theatre Awards. I co-produced a sold-out run of Mamet’s Boston Marriage, and spoke on a panel about creating entrepreneurial grads with theatre school directors.
Stay tuned for some exciting developments for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 programming with Headstrong Collective.
Oh, and you can now find me in the Equity in Theatre Directory here!
Nominee Interview Series
My Entertainment World covered me as part of the Nominee Interview Series for the 2014 My Theatre Awards. Check it out!
My partner-in-crime Melanie Hrymak got a nomination for Best Solo Show for Licking Knives, and our show Romeo and (her) Juliet received nominations for Best Ensemble, Best Production, Best Director (Scott Emerson Moyle) and Best Actress (for me!) in the Regional/Independent category.
We are so honoured to receive this recognition and proud to be in such good company!
New Headshots and Updates
It’s been a busy month! In the last few weeks, I booked a commercial and a short film, and took a weekend Audition Technique workshop with Babak Payami and Sara Kay. I’m currently taking a Voice-Over class at Mike Kirby’s Voiceworx.
I also had a great photo shoot with the wonderful Nathan Kelly. Check out the photos page for some new headshots!
Leslie joins LeFeaver Talent!
I am now being represented by Alicia Faucher at LeFeaver Talent. Visit my contact page for full contact details.