BIOGRAPHY An award-winning Nova Scotian filmmaker, actor and photographer, Leah draws from her multidisciplinary background in theatre, dance, and photography in the creation of her work. She is interested in films that are allegorical in nature, using simple stories to explore deeper themes about the world around us. Leah began her professional acting career at the age of 10, starring in numerous Canadian plays and musicals at Neptune Theatre and Charlottetown Festival. Moving to the U.S. at 17, she graduated New York University’s CAP21 Musical Theatre program. She has since appeared onstage and on-screen in New York, Los Angeles, and in her home province of Nova Scotia. Notable appearances include roles on Gossip Girl, As the World Turns, and Syfy’s Haven. Following university, Leah began transitioning from in front of the camera to behind as well, beginning first with her conceptual photography, which namely consisted of surreal self-portraits she would take, often accompanied by her own poetry. Her steady stream of story-driven photos gained a worldwide following through sites like flickr, garnering millions of views. Her photos have been exhibited in galleries such as The Hive, NorbertEllen, Gallery Godo as well as numerous photography magazines. Since then, Leah has written and directed four short films which have played at over 40 festivals worldwide and been broadcast on Air Canada flights and CBC television. Her most recent, INGRID & THE BLACK HOLE was the recipient of the $35,000 WIFT/Bravofact Pitch Prize. It was showcased at Cannes Not Short on Talent and Fantasia Film Festival and went on to win Best Canadian Short at both Edmonton International and Silver Wave Film Festivals. It recently swept the awards at Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Technical Achievement) and made the longlist for consideration in the 2018 Academy Awards. SOME THINGS WON'T SLEEP received the 2013 National Screen Institute Drama Prize and racked up prizes across the country for direction, design and performance, including the Corus Fearless Female Filmmaker award; MY YOUNGER OLDER SISTER which she also stars in earned her nods for both her performance (Nominee- Best Performance by a Leading Actress- ACTRA Maritimes awards) and her filmmaking (Remi Winner- Worldfest Houston. Best Short- Silver Wave Film Festival) and was broadcast on CBC. Leah is represented for television directing by Greenlight Management She has recently shadowed the directors on episodes of Mary Kills People, Dino Dana and The Next Step, and is looking towards breaking into television whilst developing her first feature CREATURE HE and a television series KEIRA AND THE TIME KEY. She holds a BFA in Drama from New York University and is a graduate of National Screen Institute and the Reykjavik Talent Lab.