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Jo Leslie

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Jo Leslie has been a powerhouse in theatre and dance, having contributed to over 120 productions across the country. In theatre, she has worked out of Canada’s premiere houses, such as Stratford, Shaw, and the National Arts Centre. Her collaborations with director Micheline Chevrier include the award-winning Vaudevilles of Chekhov at the NAC, where she was also movement director on Marty Maraden’s creative team for Hamlet, Love Labour’s Lost, and A Winter’s Tale. She has collaborated with other top names in theatre, including Peter Hinton, Jackie Maxwell, and Peter Wylde. Leslie was principal teacher and coach at the National Theatre School of Canada from 1991 to 2001, where she developed a three-year pedagogy for actor movement training. Prior to her life in the theatre, Leslie toured her solo, contemporary dances to critical acclaim. She is also co-founder of Studio 303, a Montreal dance hothouse, and a long-time writer on dance. (PF)