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Stories that focus on real-life and intimate relationships, striving to belong, and finding one’s place in the world populate Leah Patterson’s work in theatre and film.
Director Leah Patterson grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. As a child, she often escaped into her imagination through books, movies, and television. While other kids were playing cricket and netball, Leah would put on plays, convincing her cousins and friends to join her in the world of make-believe.
She was named one of 2019’s Top 10 Women In Film To Watch by Diversity In Cannes. As a 2020 participant in Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative, Leah shadowed Producing-Director David Grossman.
Her directing work won Best Director, Best Play, and the City of Los Angeles’ People’s Choice Award at Short+Sweet Hollywood. Her film Bridget and Iain won a Best Actor award at Diversity in Cannes. Her production of Oracles and Miracles won the Encore! Producer’s Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Leah is a graduate of the University of New South Wales (BA Theatre/Film and 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.
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