Leanna received a BFA in Theatre Performance from Miami University with a focus in The Victorian Era, trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company at Skidmore College, trained with the Society of American Fight Directors and became a certified Actor-Combatant in knife, hand-to-hand and single sword. She began her career with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company playing leading roles in touring productions and developing a one-woman Alice In Wonderland piece adapted from the works of Lewis Carroll and the diaries of Alice Pleasance Liddell. During a stint in the Twin Cities she was named an “Outstanding New Face” by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for her leading role as Isabel in Tennesee Williams’ Period of Adjustment and “Best Actress” by Lavender Magazine for the same role. She played Benvolio and served as Fight Captain in Romeo and Juliet for Park Square theatre and was involved with many Fringe festival shows and other regional credits on stage and independent film. Favorite roles include Mina in Dracula (Commonweal Theatre) and Lucy in Dracula (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company). (She’s a Goth girl; of course those are her favourites). Her short plays have received critical acclaim, for more information see the Shorts & Plays page. She is the book writer for the musical adaptation of her award winning, bestselling debut novel The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, currently in progress. More information (and music) on the Strangely Beautiful website.
She lives and works as an actress and author of Gothic Historical Fiction in New York City and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA guilds and works often on shows like Boardwalk Empire. You can see Leanna in the teaser for episode 2 of Boardwalk's 4th season.
She can be seen reading from her fiction on her YouTube channel. Leanna's cosplay adventures as a proud Malfoy can be found here. Pictured: at New York Comic Con 2013 she and fellow writer Cas Johnstone were picked up by Entertainment Weekly in their Costumed Women of Comic Con feature.