BIOGRAPHY An award-winning Nova Scotian filmmaker, actor, and photographer, Leah’s interest is in creating conceptual films and photos. Beyond just telling a good story, Leah strives to always have a purpose behind every work she creates. Her goal is to let the underlying concept take precedence over all else, shaping the work from the inside out. While her work is usually made from a female viewpoint, Leah aims to tackle issues which have universal relevance and appeal. 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. Leah made her foray into filmmaking in 2012, by writing, directing, producing and starring in her no-budget short film ANOTHER MAN, which screened at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, and the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, winning both the Audience Award and the Jury’s Choice for Best Short Film Under 5 minutes at the Parrsboro Film Festival. Her second film SOME THINGS WON'T SLEEP was one of four films across Canada to receive the 2013 National Screen Institute Drama Prize. It premiered at Montreal World Film Festival in 2014 and has screened at over a dozen film festivals across North America, picking up awards for Best Horror (Silver Wave Film Festival), Best Production Design (Canadian Film Fest), the Corus Fearless Female Director Prize (National Screen Institute) a Special Jury Prize (Worldfest Houston) and nominations for Best Emerging Filmmaker (Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards), Best Short Film (Screen Nova Scotia awards) and Best Actress (ACTRA Maritime awards). In 2015, Leah wrote, directed and starred in MY YOUNGER OLDER SISTER, a short film opposite her real-life sister Katherine. The film was broadcast on CBC and was nominated for Best Canadian Short (Silver Wave Film Festival), Best Actress at the ACTRA Maritime awards, winning a Platinum Remi award at Worldfest Houston. Leah won the 35k WIFT Bravofact Pitch prize for her film, INGRID AND THE BLACK HOLE, which was selected to screen in Telefilm's Not Short on Talent program at Cannes Film Festival and Fantasia International Film Festival. Since its July 2016 premiere, it has been an official selection at over 20 festivals worldwide, recently taking home Best Canadian Short at both Edmonton International Film Festival and Silver Wave Film Festival, and sweeping the awards at Vancouver Island Short Film Festival with wins for Best Editing, Best Technical, Best Screenplay and Best Film. The film recently made it onto the longlist for consideration in the 2018 Academy Awards. Leah is represented for television directing by Greenlight Management She has recently shadowed the directors on episodes of Dino Dana and The Next Step, and is looking towards breaking into episodic television whilst developing her first feature film, CREATURE HE. She holds a BFA in Drama from New York University and is a graduate of National Screen Institute and the Reykjavik Talent Lab.