Leah is a multi-disciplinary artist who you may find performing on stage, in bookstores, cafes and boxing rings, in story and dance circles, on the street, and at kitchen tables in Ontario, Quebec and Jamaica.
Storyteller, published playwright, visual artist, photographer, blogger, spoken-word poet, arts facilitator and workshop creator. She is a graduate of the anitafrika! dub theatre residency program and Algonquin College (Journalism Print).
Whether telling folktales, personal stories, or sharing original creations that exude the feeling of old time legends, Leah weaves her commitment to community, connection, empowerment and illumination throughout; painting visual landscapes with imagination and poetic lyricism.
Her play, iridescence, debuted at the Word, Sound, Powah! Festival and in its second incarnation at the Audre Lorde Festival. It was subsequently published in the anthology, s is for storytelling, in 2009. That same year she performed excerpts from, iridescence, in Sketchin’ Toronto, under the direction of d’bi young at SummerWorks.
“Storyteller at Large” Leah tells stories almost everywhere she goes, including professionally at the 17th and 18th Annual Ottawa Storytelling Festivals and the Toronto Storytelling Festival 2013. She has prepared and taught storytelling, poetry and public speaking workshops to elementary school students and taught participants at a LEAP into Literacy summer camp.
She is the co-founder and co-creator of Flowetic Wednesdays Toronto and the WordSpell spoken word series and has participated in poetry competitions including: Capital Slam, the Toronto Poetry Slam, SLAMtario, Bill Browns 1-2-3 Slam and the inaugural Last Poet Standing. She has also performed at innumerable open-mics, the most memorial being at Jamaica’s renowned Calabash Festival in 2008. Her past poetry monikers include: Yaseemi; Lady Leah; Lady St; and tallawah. She currently performs as Lady Light.
Born in Toronto, Leah spent 18 years in Ottawa, raising a family and avoiding frostbite, before returning to her hometown. At night, when the city is quiet, she excavates through the layers of her experience, searching for the love that is at the centre of it all.
She is currently writing and illustrating her first children’s book.