Kestrel Leah

Author: Photo Credit Amanda Jane Shank
Credits: KINGDOMS - Lauren Frias, Choreography; Kestrel Leah, Direction; Christoffer Schunk, Music

Kestrel Leah (UK) is an actor and director working internationally across stage and screen. She completed her Masters in Acting at California Institute of the Arts, where she was awarded the Provost's Interdisciplinary Grant as well as Dean's and President's funds to support her interdisciplinary endeavors and study of Suzuki technique. She has trained at Suzuki Company of Toga, Japan, and now trains in the method of Theodoros Terzopoulos of Attis Theatre in Athens, Greece. She is co-founder of LA-based theater project PHYSICAL PLASTIC with composer Yiannis Christofides (Cyprus) and the author of where she shares performance theory and insights. Notable roles include Venable in Suddenly Last Summer directed by Kameron Steele of Suzuki company; a cross-gender Jean Genet in Maureen Huskey's A Splendid Death; and Jo in A Taste of Honey directed by Kim Rubinstein. She is also a regular collaborator with WaxFactory theater company and B. Dunn Movement. Dance/choreography credits include collaborations with Parisian artists Julie Bena and Duchamp Prize winner Julien Previeux (Leah was a primary collaborator on the awarded work What Shall We Do Next). As a director, Leah often collaborates across music, film, dance and visual art, and has shown work at venues such as Human Resources (LA), The Garage (San Francisco) and The Vail International Film Festival. This year, she was in residency at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center to develop PHYSICAL PLASTIC's Alarm, which recieved a 2017 New Music USA award. In previous years, she has worked as a producer and curator for the Boulder International Fringe Festival and the Vail International Film Festival.