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). Their Flourish Prize-winning Ulla’s Odyssey premiered at Kings Place, London in 2015 (OperaUpClose), and is currently touring the UK. Translations: Louise Bombardier, Rébecca Déraspe, Sébastien Harrisson, Catherine Léger, Philippe Soldevila, Larry Tremblay, and Hélène Ducharme of Théâtre Motus (whose acclaimed, Dora Award-winning Baobab continues to tour North America after over 550 performances). Residencies: Blyth Festival, 4th Line Theatre, Lighthouse Festival Theatre. 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 performance in Pi Theatre's Terminus. She is the only Canadian to have been invited to Seattle's Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival (twice), and was recently part of the Banff Playwrights Colony. She is currently translating Olivier Sylvestre's La Beauté du monde for Pi Theatre, and is one of the Associates of Vancouver's Playwrights Theatre Centre, where she and Jovanni Sy are collaborating on a new play, Salesman in China. Two of her translations will receive their premieres in the 2017-18 season: Rébecca Déraspe's You Are Happy at GCTC (Ottawa), and Catherine Léger's I Lost My Husband at the Gateway Theatre (Vancouver).
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, and on the Women's Caucus Steering Committee for the Playwrights' Guild of Canada.
At the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, 2016.