My name is Leslie. Based in NYC, I act, write, direct, choreograph, clown, and teach. I'm currently in my fourth and final year of the MFA Acting Program at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Practicing: theater-making, reciprocity, intersectionality, veganism, stillness, breathing and subversive play.
As an actor, I love to work on new plays. I've worked at The Flea Theater as an actor in The Bats, as well as at La MaMa, Target Margin, Primary Stages, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Stable Cable Lab Company, The Fresh Fruit Festival, and The Bushwick Starr.
As a hyphenate (actor/writer/director/choreographer) I co-founded Lampazo Group, a disruptive and rigorously physical ensemble, curious about today's Theater of Cruelty in media-saturated America.
An avid supporter of new plays and playwrights, I've worked in the Literary Wing at The Lark New Play Development Center. The Lark has supported my project, TRIGGER WARNING, an interview-based play about campus sexual assault.
In New Jersey, I work with coLAB Arts, a nonprofit that engages artists, social advocates and communities to create transformative new work. In June 2018, I collaborated on TrueSelves: A New Gender Play based on oral histories of the NJ transgender community, in partnership with the Pride Center of New Jersey.
In 2014 I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Greenhouse Holistic. I now teach group classes and individual students. I apprentice Annie Piper at Yale School of Drama and in NYC. Annie and I specialize in trauma sensitive yoga, offering practices to people living with PTSD.
Our most powerful source of healing is ourselves: our awareness and our breath. Beneath our cravings and aversions, our fears, doubts, and distractions, there is clear, reflective light. It's us. We are that. Yoga, meditation, and Qi Gong can uncover our bodies' joy, desire, and loving transparency.
Outside of the rehearsal (or yoga) room, you can find me...
On the dance floor. At the end of a day, I love nothing more than to let loose and make moves. Freestyle, salsa, swing, bachata – if people are dancing, I am THERE. FOR. IT.
Out in nature, moving my body and breathing with trees. Hiking, yoga, camping, climbing – count me in. The Yoga Hoedown is an annual getaway filled with of all of those things – assisting Annie Piper up there has been a total bliss-fest. The hoedown has gone to sleep for a few summers, but its return is highly anticipated – join us up the mountain!