My name is Leslie. Based in NYC, I act, write, clown, and teach yoga. I'm currently in my second year of the MFA Acting Program at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Practicing: theater-making, feminism, veganism, reciprocity, intersectionality, stillness, breathing, compassion, and subversive play.
As an actor, I love to work on new plays. I've worked at The Flea Theater in their resident acting company, 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 with The Brooklyn Gypsies.
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. I'm also an affiliated artist with Dutch Kills and Marrow's Edge.
An impassioned supporter of new plays and playwrights, I've worked on the Literary Wing at The Lark New Play Development Center. The Lark has supported my most recent project, TRIGGER WARNING, an interview-based play about campus sexual assault.
In 2014 I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Greenhouse Holistic, and 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, beneath 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.