Leah Holleran has been a professional in the arts for over a decade. She has written, devised, and performed in works of theatre Off-Broadway, regionally, and abroad, at venues including the Snapple Theater in NYC, the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, the Prince Theater in Philadelphia, and the World Puppet Theatre Festival in Charleville-Mézières, France. In addition to musical theatre (her eternal first love), Leah has ventured into the worlds of film, dance theatre, puppetry and masks, long-form improvisation, immersive theatre, and the circus aerial arts.
Leah writes fiction, poetry, and the occasional personal essay. She has a soft spot for speculative and character-driven stories. Her work has been published with Wingless Dreamer, CP Quarterly, Second Chance Lit, and others. She is the co-founder of a local writing group in Philadelphia, and has two YA novel manuscripts that she is preparing to query.
As a freelance teaching artist, Leah has worked in a variety of environments, from facilitating improvisation-based Corporate Training workshops with Philadelphia’s Bright Invention, to virtual one-on-one English as a Second Language instruction with VIPKid, to choreographing shows for local theaters and summer camps. Currently, Leah teaches Ballroom Dance (waltz, swing, tango, merengue, and a bit of cha cha and bachata) to students grades 3-12 with the Dancing With the Students program. She coaches adult Circus Aerials classes on trapeze, silks, rope, and sling at Secret Circus in North Philly.
Leah is a co-founder with her husband and partner Aaron Roberge of a traveling puppet theatre company, Wandering Theatre. In addition to original puppet show performances, they run workshops in Shadow Puppet Building and Puppet Manipulation.
Leah was brought up in an inter-faith household (Jewish on her mother’s side, Irish-Catholic on her father’s; and always with the invitation to explore or create any other system of beliefs, or lack thereof). From an early age, the arts have been her way of building bridges between different worlds. She believes in the transformative power of stories, and of small every-day kindnesses.
Leah’s latest adventure is the DIY-conversion of a small school bus into a tiny home with husband Aaron! They are totally in over their heads and are thrilled to embark on this journey together. Their goal is to be skoolie-livin’ full time, and to take their show on the road (figuratively and literally)!
Leah may be a writer, but words cannot express her gratitude toward her wonderful life partner who she is so excited to follow her passions with, and toward their loving family whose support has been beyond incredible.