Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Danielle Leeber

Who are you? Danielle Leeber

What do you do? Producing Artistic Director of Boston Actors Theater

Where are you from originally? Hudson, MA

How long have you been working in Boston? 8 years

Why do you stay? The community here is “real” people say what they mean and like to hear the truth. They are passionate about performing arts and the artists around them. Not to mention the ton of talent here!

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Performing as part of the Hudson Drama Workshop when i was 7. They were great!

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? Seeing Phantom of the Opera at the Wang when I was 10.

What was your first job in theatre? Actress

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Dim sum from the Super 88 near Playwrights’ Theatre!

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? anything i have time to grab really

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? When I used to perform, I never ate before I went on. After though, I would go to town!

What kind of theater excites you? I love working on new works. Knowing you are creating something new for audiences and helping a playwright get their voice heard is priceless. Since all BAT’s new work is by Massachusetts playwrights it also helps in giving the state a chance at more exposure!

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? You have to love what you do. If it doesn’t come from the heart it won’t ring true and truth is what Boston is all about.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I think that’s great! Running a company who’s mission it is to support local artists of all kinds I see the amount of talent here. They deserve to be showcased and focused on!

YOUR TURN! Write to us here!


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