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LEAH PATTERSON is an award-winning director who has been named a 2019 Top 10 Women In Film To Watch by Diversity In Cannes. She is a current finalist for the Half Initiative (Ryan Murphy TV) in-house director program.
Leah directed and produced her first film, BRIDGET AND IAIN, which won a Best Actor award at Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase. It is currently screening at festivals worldwide. Leah is proud to be a part of changing industry standards by bringing on a team of diverse female filmmakers to create this film.
The film was developed from and is based on a play which she directed for the Short+Sweet Festival Hollywood, a 60+ play festival. Leah won Best Director of the festival. The play won Best Play and the City of Los Angeles People’s Choice Award.
Leah is the Literary Manager for Los Angeles based Australian Theatre Company. She curates the popular Summer Reading Series. She was Assistant Director on ATC’s multi-award winning Speaking In Tongues. She has developed projects for Notice of Filming and worked in production on Ellen and late night talk shows.
Australian-born, Leah graduated from the University of NSW (BA Theatre/Film & Philosophy) and New York acting conservatory William Esper Studio. She and her sister were the first in their family to attend college.
Leah had a previous career in finance on Wall Street.