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Leslie Bennett
Associate Professor M.F.A., Boston University

The University Theatre: Education and Entertainment
New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Fri., Oct. 5, 2012, 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Murphy Hall Lobby on KU campus

Leslie Bennett is the Movement Specialist for the Department of Theatre,where she teaches Movement, Acting (Michael Chekhov Technique) and Musical Theatre. She has a diverse background in theatre arts, dance and vocal music and hasperformed professionally in all of those venues. Bennett was recently heard on National Public Radio as Titania in the University of Kansas production of "Original Pronunciation" directed by Paul Meier. Bennett's operatic credits include Despina in "Cosi Fan Tutte with Opera Aperta", under the direction of Craig Smith, Katchen in Boston Lyric Opera's "Werther" and Lelia in the Early American Theatre Company's "Satanella". In the annual Playwright's Platform in Boston, she premiered the role of Hester Prynne in "A! The Letter" and has performed with American Stage Festival, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and the New Ehrlich Theatre.

Bennett received her MFA from Boston University in Movement and Voice and taught Movement there in the Opera and Music departments. She also taught Movement and Applied Voice at Emerson College and free-lanced as achoreographer in the Boston area. At the University of Kansas, Bennett served as director/choreographer for "A Grand Night for Singing" and "The Thirteen Clocks", as well as creating the choreography for numerous productions including "The Music Man", "Really Rosie", "Street Scene", "The Magic Flute","George Dandin", and the landmark production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Original Pronunciation. Bennett also portrayed Titania in the same production and Judith Bliss in "Hay Fever", which was selected for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V in 2006. She continues to perform concerts and has presented her work both nationally and abroad.

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