RIGHT TO LIFE? - poem set to music by composer Laura Kaminsky, performed in all five boroughs as part of the Five Borough Music Festival.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Concert reading of JUST ABOUT LOVE, Leah's adaptation of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well set during Freedom Summer 1964, produced by the Harlem Shakespeare Festival!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Reading at LaMaMa, 74 E. 4th St., NYC, 7:30! See the flyer here!

June 2013

Leah was awarded a 2013 BRIO award for her poetry.

May 2013

An excerpt from Chasing Heaven was performed in Symphony Space's Wall to Wall Harlem Resonance on May 11, 2013.

August 2011, Five Performances

CHASING HEAVEN enjoyed another successful run in August 2011 when it was produced in connection with the New York International Fringe Festival. The production ran in five performances at the CSV Flamboyan Theater in Manhattan. Read the review published in the New York Times, and Leah's Huffington Post interview.

January 2011, Four Performances

CHASING HEAVEN wrapped a successful production in January 2011 as part of the Metropolitan Playhouse's Living Literature: Harlem Renaissance Festival in Manhattan.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Reading of Dark Energy Stuns Universe, written by Leah Maddrie for the First Light Festival of readings and workshops - Sloan Commissions. The event took place at Ensemble Studio Theater in NYC.

Monday, February 22, 2010   

Song cycle Monongahela Rising (with composer Waddy Thompson) featured in Composers Now marathon at Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway, NYC.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Reading of full length play CHASING HEAVEN, 2008 O’Neill Semi-finalist, at LaMaMa! 74A E. 4th St., NYC.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Reading of two monologues, DATING SANTA and SINGING CLEVELAND in Red Harlem Readers series at Indian Café, 107th and Broadway, NYC.



Who is Leah Maddrie?

Leah Maddrie has been a house manager, a costume shop crew member, an assistant stage manager, a stage manager, a managing director, a development director, and for ten years made a living as a professional actor. She really wanted to write for the theatre, so in the last few years, she has made it a priority to create work that reflects her experiences and perspective, in the process hoping to create opportunities in all areas of the theatre for people from underrepresented groups.

Leah is a member of The Dramatists Guild. In June 2009, Leah received a commission from the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Sloan Foundation project for Dark Energy Stuns Universe, which had a reading April 26, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the First Light Festival. Her full-length play Chasing Heaven was a 2008 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference semi-finalist, and was read at LaMama in February 2010. Her ten-minute musical The Awkward Stage (with composer Jonathan Breit) received its New York Premiere in November 2008, and a song from the show was featured in the cabaret concert Lots of Really Great Stuff at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in September 2008. Her lyrics to the song Fallingwater from the song cycle Monongahela Rising (written with composer Waddy Thompson) were selected to be in the top five finalists for the first WNYC Soundcheck lyric contest in 2008, and Monongahela Rising was chosen to be performed as part of the Composers Now marathon February 22 at Symphony Space, and in Orfeo Duo’s new works initiative in March of 2010.

Leah has a Bachelor’s in Arts Management from Eastern Michigan University, an MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego and an MA in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has performed in theaters coast to coast, from the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis to New York Shakespeare Festival. At New York Shakespeare Festival, in the last years of Joe Papp’s tenure, she understudied Tracey Ullman’s Kate and played The Widow in a production of Taming of the Shrew that was directed by A.J. Antoon, whose televised Much Ado About Nothing from the Festival had inspired her to become an actor. She has appeared in a range of plays across the country including Death and the Maiden; Henry IV, Part 1; Miss Evers’ Boys; The Waiting Room; The Boyfriend and Tintypes.