Leah C. Gardiner

Leah C. Gardiner


Playwrights debut. Premieres: 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 green, 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); 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. Off-Broadway: The Public, MTC, Atlantic, Soho Rep. Regional: NYSAF; Arena Stage, ACT, Berkeley Rep, OSF, Alliance Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Studio Theatre, and others. National tour: Wit with Judith Light. Leah is also working with New York Times best-selling writer and “Instapoet” Rupi Kaur to adapt her work for the theatre. As writer/director: Cultures Collide. 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. BA: University of Pennsylvania, MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama.

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