For the past few years, Lesley has focused on her Live Art practice. In 2005 she was invited to CESTA in Tabor, Czech Republic where she furthered her practice alongside 30 other artists from 25 different countries. In 2012 she moved to London UK - the centre of the burgeoning scene. Her practice takes many forms, each piece a response to something she’s encountered and is moved to process artistically. As well as her considerable store of theatre skills and in order to support her visions, Lesley taught herself video, sound editing and photoshop. She creates social interventions, performance video and site-responsive performance installations. Please see works for more.
As a director, she's created numerous solo and group spoken word/movement installations, conventional theatre pieces and social/fundraising events. Participants say she creates a room that is "intelligent, positive and focused". She believes that when actors are en-couraged, supported and deeply witnessed, their natural brilliance can shine through consistently.
Lesley teaches and directs at Identity Drama School in Whitechapel, London UK. As a teacher, Lesley holds her acting students to the same standards she strives for in her own performance work. Values she works to instill include discipline, intellectual rigour, embodied facility, creative freedom and spontenanity within an intricate structure. As well as directing school showcases, Lesley teaches The Body, Improv and Text Analysis. She draws on her experiential study of a variety of methodologies: Laban, Alexander, Feldenkrais, Grotowski, Stanislavski's 'Sytem', Linklater, Itcush Method, Judith Coltai's Authentic Movement, Linda Putnam, Ruth Zaporah's Action Theatre, clown, Padma Yoga (Certified Beginning Meditation teacher). She has also created storytelling workshops for a variety of non-performers: Youth at Risk, 'homeless', refugees, victims of torture, 'aboriginal'/1st Nations. Lesley is available to facilitate workshops and laboratories for performers and non-performers. She devises each program specifically for the group she's invited to work with.
One of her favourite mediums, voice work is a stream of creation in which Lesley excels. A sought after Documentary Narrator, Lesley also ‘voices’ commercials, cartoons, dvds, phone systems and websites. Her well honed skills as an actor enable her to enliven any copy efficiently and easily. Please click here to hear recent projects.
As a dramaturge, Lesley draws on almost 40 years of performance experience in a multitude of mediums. She views her dramaturgical work as “creative midwifery”. As well as traditional text based dramaturgy for both stage and screen, Lesley is fully equipped to work with artists from alternate artistic backgrounds, with all levels of experience and can dramaturg any sort of social/cultural events. Her goal is to enable creators to bring to potent fruition their desired endeavour, sometimes surpassing what even they expected of themselves. Her main focus is devised performance: experimental theatre and/or live art. Most recently she worked with Catherine Hoffman on her new piece Glory Days at Camden People's Theatre and with Access All Areas on Cian Binchey's new work The Misfit Analysis, which will open July 2015 at Rich Mix, continuing on to The Lyric Hammersmith, London Liberty Festival and finally the Edinburgh Fringe (http://accessallareastheatre.org/).
Lesley's images often capture the extraordinary amid the ordinary. She's available for on set shooting, capturing live performance, or creating promotional images. She uses a Panasonic GH-2 and a Sony RX 100 Mark II. Recent images from her trip in the Himalayas can be seen here:
Lesley has been creating soundscape since she received her first tape recorder as a child. During her time as national radio host on the music interview show "The Beat" on CBC Radio 1 & 2, Lesley regularly cut interviews and packaged music documentaries. At that point in time all her editing was done on reel-to-reel tape: experience which makes digital editing a breeze. With a classically trained musical ear, an understanding of the intricacies of dialogue and storytelling honed in the theatre and a rigorous attention to detail, Lesley's adept at creating soundscape that's supportive, atmospheric, inobtrusive and richly layered
Lesley has gradually been gaining experience in short video works. As well as producing promo and archival video for theatrical companies and independent artists, she combines creates video/performance, and video/installation. She has a basic understanding of Final Cut Pro and is excellent at cutting to music.