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b. 1986, HK.


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About Leah...

Leah C. Gardiner is an Obie Award-winning stage and film director known for the “incisive clarity” (The New York Times) of her work with physicality and text. She has overseen the premieres of two Pulitzer Prize finalists, Eisa Davis’ Bulrusher and Tanya Barfield’s Blue Door, as well as countless other new play workshops and productions by writers including debbie tucker greene, Dan Deitz, Anna Deveare Smith, Penelope Skinner, Regina Taylor, and Roy Williams. Upcoming projects include premieres of: Dead Are My People, a new musical by Ismail Khalidi with music by Hadi Eldebek (Noor Theatre/NYTW); If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka by Tori Sampson (Playwrights Horizons); Kevin Artigue’s Sheepdog (South Coast Rep); and a commercial musical with book by Robert O’Hara, and producers George C. Wolfe and Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. Leah is also working with New York Times best-selling writer and “Instapoet” Rupi Kaur to adapt her work for the theatre. Other credits include: the national tour of Wit with Judith Light; The Public Theater; Manhattan Theatre Club; Atlantic Theater Company; Soho Rep; NYSAF; Arena Stage; American Conservatory Theater; Berkeley Rep; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Alliance Theatre; Baltimore Center Stage; Studio Theatre; Contemporary American Theatre Festival; Houston Shakespeare Festival; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Barrington Stage; Philadelphia Theatre Company; and Takarazuka (Japan). As writer/director: Cultures Collide, a play with music created exclusively for the U.S. Congress, produced by Sony Entertainment. As short film director: The Belle of New Orleans, Alliance Theatre. As a film producer: Mother of George starring Danai Gurira (Best Cinematography, Sundance). As an actor: playing herself in Ira Sachs’ Little Men opposite Greg Kinnear. Leah holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of Drama.