Leslie began her writing career here at Theatre West, where her first play, LOVE OF A PIG, (published by Samuel French, Inc.), enjoyed an extended run and a spot in The Dublin Theatre Festival, and her second play, IMPACT THIS!, received Critic’s Choice from seven papers, including the LA Times. She went on to write for such TV shows as NewsRadio, Mad About You, Naked Truth, and Everybody Loves Raymond (for which she received an EMMY as one of the co-executive producers), She wrote and sold her first spec feature PENELOPE, featuring Reese Witherspoon, who also produced, and starring Christina Ricci, James MacAvoy, Peter Dinklage, and Catherine O'Hara. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Boston University’s School for the Arts, where she also studied playwrighting with Derek Walcott, and continued her education at the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in LA and at Karl Bury Studios.
FRANK GANGAROSSA (ACTOR) BIO COMING SOON
ANNE LEYDEN (ACTRESS) Anne was last seen, here at TW, as Bernice in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. Prior to that, Kate in Classic Couples Counseling, receiving rave reviews and a Scenie Award as Edith in TW's revival of The Women. Past favorites: Sarah - What Can We Say to Her? Solo performer - Why Me? Janet - Waiting for the Parade. Mrs. Gibbs - Our Town. Helena - A Midsummer Night's Dream. Bernadette Devlin - Freedom of the City. Julie Cavendish - The Royal Family. Solange - The Maids. Anne has performed in several Storybook Theatre Productions. TV and Web credits include: Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Serial Bill, Waiting for Moore, Gabriel's Fire, Quantum Leap. Anne is a member of Theatre West, actress, wife, mother, woman. Not necessarily in that order. (www.anneleyden.com)
SHEILA SHAW (ACTRESS) Sheila was most recently seen in Theatre West's 30th anniversary production of "Verdigris" last spring, playing the leading role of Margaret Fielding. Recent Guest Stars on TV include "Scandal" and "Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462." On "Mad Men" she recurred as the mother-in-law to ad man Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser). So happy Leslie Caveny has returned to TW with her wonderful words!
SEEMAH WILDER (ACTRESS) Seemah Wilder has been a member at Theatre West since 1970. Among her favorite performances on Theatre West's stage are: A Day in Venice, Etc., Nobody Safe Here, Apple Strudel, Jack and the Bean Stock (with her late daughter Ellen Idelson), Mornings at Seven and Waiting in the Wings.
MARIA BURTON (DIRECTOR) Maria Burton, (DIRECTOR) named by Variety as "talent to watch," is currently in post on her fifth feature, For the Love of George, starring Tate Donovan, Rosanna Arquette, Rex Lee and Kristen Johnston. Her latest movie, A Sort of Homecoming, starring Laura Marano (Austin & Ally), Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters), Parker Mack (Chasing Life), Michelle Clunie (Queer as Folk, Teen Wolf) and Kathleen Wilhoite was released May, 2016 by Mar Vista to great reviews. She also recently completed the webseries, Old Guy, starring Peri Gilpin (Frasier).
Director on the feature films, Just Friends, Temps, and Manna From Heaven, co-director on the doc, Sign My Snarling Movie; and producer on The Happiest Day of His Life and Julia Sweeney's Letting Go of God, Burton helms her production company, Five Sisters Productions, with her real-life siblings. Other directing work includes Stephen Kanner: A Retrospective, for the A+D Museum, "Act I" for the USA Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo, & "Path to a Cure" for Massachusetts General Hospital and commercials for Ford Motor Company and the Campaign for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, featuring Julia Ormond.
An Emeritus Board Member of Alliance of Women Directors, and Global Girl Media, Burton is developing the TV pilot, MidLife, and her next feature film, a drama inspired by the "Mercury 13," women tested for the original astronaut program in 1961. Her script has been selected for the inaugural Athena List, named to the BitchList/Bechdel List and selected for the CineStory Fellowship.
Maria was a member of Theatre West when she first moved to L.A. fresh out of Yale's undergrad theatre department, and she is happy to be returning to TW lo these many years as part of Leslie's terrific show.
THOMAS ADAMS (PIANIST/ARRANGER) Tom's most recent musical THE SOCK WHO LOST HIS MATE, (written with MK Wolfe), had a workshop production at the University of Southern Maine and later kicked off the 4th Annual 2015 New York Children's Theatre Festival. ON THE BRINK, (written with John Sparks), had a studio presentation at the Stages Festival in Chicago. He has had two other shows included in the Stages Festival. His musical TEVYE, (written with J.M. Eisenman), was featured, and his show FACADE was included in an earlier festival. THE FREAKS CLUB (with MK Wolfe) was given a production at Snowlion Repertory Theater in Portland recently. His production of HENRY AND HYDE (also written with Eisenman) was featured in the International Cringe Festival off-Broadway. He has had two productions in the Short & Sweet & Song Festival in Sydney, Australia: HENRY AND HYDE and BIELKA (Tevye's Youngest Daughter), which was also featured in the West Village Musical Theatre Festival in New York. He was a member the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in Los Angeles, where he met the fabulous Leslie Caveny.