Leanna Brodie is an actor, playwright, and translator. Plays: The Vic, For Home and Country, The Book of Esther, and Schoolhouse, published by Talon Books, are regularly performed across Canada. Opera libretti: David Ogborn's The Translator, Craig Galbraith's she sees her lover in the light of morning (Tapestry), and the New Zealand composer Anthony Young's The Angle of Reflection (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra). Brodie and Young’s Flourish Prize-winning Ulla’s Odyssey premiered at Kings Place, London in 2015 (OperaUpClose), and subsequently toured the UK. Translations: Louise Bombardier, Rébecca Déraspe, Sébastien Harrisson, Catherine Léger, Olivier Sylvestre, Philippe Soldevila, Larry Tremblay, and Hélène Ducharme of Théâtre Motus (whose acclaimed, Dora Award-winning Baobab continues to tour China and the Americas after over 600 performances). Residencies: Blyth Festival, 4th Line Theatre, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Hedgebrook, the Banff Centre, and the Glassco Residency in Translation. Since moving to Vancouver, Brodie has written for Boca del Lupo; translated Christian Bégin's After Me for Ruby Slippers Theatre (5 Jessie Award nominations including Best Production); and been Jessie-nominated for her performances in Pi Theatre's Terminus (in English) and Théátre la Seizième’s Bonjour, là, bonjour (in French). She is an Associate of Vancouver's Playwrights Theatre Centre, where she and Jovanni Sy are collaborating on a new play, Salesman in China. Two of her translations premiered in the 2017-18 season: Rébecca Déraspe's You Are Happy (GCTC, Ottawa), and Catherine Léger's I Lost My Husband (Gateway Theatre/Ruby Slippers Theatre, Vancouver). Her current and upcoming translation projects include Rébecca Déraspe’s Gametes (for Ruby Slippers Theatre) and I Am William (Théâtre le Clou), David Paquet’s Le brasier (Talisman Theatre), Sébastien Harrisson’s Les inventions à deux mains (Les 2 Mondes), Olivier Sylvestre’s Le désert and Philippe Soldevila’s Conte de la neige (BoucheWHACKED!), and Espoir/Espwa (written and produced by Carline Zamar, Edwige St.-Pierre, and Djennie Laguerre). The Paradise Arms, her translation of Olivier Sylvestre’s La beauté du monde, just won the Safewords National New Play Prize for 2018.
Leanna is a member of CAEA, ACTRA, SOCAN, and the Playwrights' Guild of Canada. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Playwrights Canada Press.
At the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, 2016.
Photo by Kristine Cofsky.