Leslie Ishii (Director/Actor) debuted as an actor in Northwest Asian American Theater’s Breaking The Silence that raised legal funds for WWII Evacuation/US Concentration Camp Resister, Gordon Hirabayashi’s Supreme Court Case. Leslie has performed on Broadway, with El Teatro Campesino, Penumbra Theatre, Theatre Mu, South Coast Repertory, Center Theatre Group, and the American Conservatory Theater to name a few. Leslie’s passion for directing has also afforded her the opportunity to work deep in community and at many theatres and theatre programs that feature multiracial casts and artists of color. Leslie has directed at Perseverance Theatre (currently in pre-production), East West Players, Artists At Play, University of California, Irvine, University of Southern California, California State University, Los Angeles, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF): API 2x2 Lab New Works Residency, Founder/Producer (2014-present), and Northwest Asian American Theatre. (Arts Education) Leslie has developed actor training and directing methods for artists of color based in liberation theory as a response to American/Western European conservatory training. She continues to teach and collaborate with an equity/diversity/inclusion imperative at Center Theatre Group, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of California, Irvine, California State University, Los Angeles. (Social Justice Leadership & Organizing) National Japanese American Action Network, direct political action, Dilley, Texas; Board Member of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA), Leslie produced the 2016 and 2018 CAATA ConFests: The 5th and 6th National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival. At each CAATA ConFest, she also brought together individual artists and theatres of color leaders to foster strategies for mutual sustainability; she also co-organized and co-directed the 1st and 2nd Freedom and Focus International Fitzmaurice Voicework® Conferences in Barcelona, Spain and Vancouver, Canada. Leslie has been a featured presenter at voice and performance conferences in Mexico City, Mexico, Barcelona, Spain, and Vienna, Austria and Leslie co-facilitated the launch of Theatre Communication Group’s Equity/Diversity/Inclusion Institute. (Affliliations) Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA) Board of Directors; James P. Shannon Leadership Institute; Arts For LA ACTIVATE Cultural Policy Cohort; Los Angeles County Supervisors’ Cultural Equity Inclusion Initiative Work Groups. Leslie is Founder/Director of the National Cultural Navigation Theatre Project. Awards: Teachers Making A Difference, Los Angeles County; Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Integrity Award; SDC 2016, 2017 National Standout Recognition for championing E/D/I with artEquity and CAATA/OSF. AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC. TV/Film Acting credits upon request. Leslie is proud to be on the core faculty of artEquity.