Seen below: Leanna's appearance as a Victorian era specialist for The Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum (July 2017, The Kennedy Wedding Disaster)
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 Goth; of course those are her favourites). Her short plays such as "Favorite Lady" have received critical acclaim and nationwide productions, 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 but on hiatus.
Leanna 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.)
In the fall of 2018 Leanna launches her new one-woman show BY THE LIGHT OF TIFFANY: A Meeting with Clara Driscoll, about the visionary designer of Tiffany's most iconic lamps at a time when women were rarely credited for their work. For more about the show, see the show page.
She can be seen reading from some examples of her fiction on her YouTube channel.