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Leigh-Anne Kehler

This is the website of Leigh-Anne Kehler, storyteller and artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

About

Leigh-Anne Kehler is a professional storyteller playwright and actress. She has toured the world and attended many Storytelling Festivals of note including the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, The Toronto International Storytelling Festival, Winnipeg International Peace Storytelling Festival and several Canadian Children’s Festivals.

With more than eighteen years of experience as an arts in education specialist and holding a Bachelor of Education, Leigh-Anne spends most of the school months working as an artist in residence in schools across Canada. She believes every child has a tale to tell and a unique voice to bring stories from the past into contemporary light. Her goal is to share her passion for storytelling as a bridge to literacy and the writing process. She is available for bookings through the Manitoba Arts Council’s Artist in the School program and independently.

Also, Leigh-Anne is a sought-after entertainer and is available for fundraisers and celebrations. Contact her today to book her services.

Recent Work

Career Highlights

  • Writing/directing/producing an adaptation of SADAKO and the THOUSAND PAPER CRANES for the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival with financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts and with the author’s permission.
  • Several shorts produced by Northern Light Theatre in Edmonton and Theatre Projects Manitoba.
  • A total of six one-woman shows that toured on the Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit.
Recent work
2015
Die! Shakespeare! Die!

Die! Shakespeare! Die!

2015 Winnipeg Fringe Festival

Three Shakespearean actors are trapped in their roles both on stage and off. Watch them trying to duke it out with their demons in a common Green Room. Will the Bard survive? A dramedy with plenty of shenanigans worthy of the bald, bearded man.

Written by Leigh-Anne Kehler
Directed/ Designed by Daina Leitold
Featuring Gislina Patterson, Charlene Van Buekenhout and Leigh-Anne Kehler

Summer Storyteller in Residence

Mosaics Newcomers Centre

Courtesy of the Winnipeg Foundation’s Literacy for Life fund.

Southern Manitoba Libraries Summer Tour

Toronto International Storytelling Festival

Several appearances at the Toronto International Storytelling Festival, including the world premiere of THE FINAL HOUR – detailing one man’s journey through the palliative process.

ArtsSmarts Storytelling Project

with Actress/mime Daina Leitold at Cecil Rhodes school.

Book writing project

Book writing project

at William Whyte school

2014

Grants received

Canada Council for the Arts and Manitoba Arts Council

Awarded grants to create THE FINAL HOUR.

“The Wizard of Odd”

Co-wrote original play “The Wizard of Odd” with students at Ecole Viscount Alexander.

Storyteller in Residence

For Mosaics Newcomer Centre and Winnipeg Boys and Girls Club – CSI program.

Storyteller

Winnipeg International Peace Storytelling Festival

Spring Break Touring Storyteller

Winnipeg Libraries

Manitoba tour of BABY BLUES

Manitoba tour of BABY BLUES, a real mother of a show, with financial support from the Manitoba Arts Council.

The Lady in Grey

The Lady in Grey

SCREENWRITER

Released The Lady in Grey with Tooz A Crowd Productions.

Judge/Coach

Red River Valley School Division Literacy Fair

Judge and coach for the inaugural Red River Valley School Division Literacy Fair

Arts Educator

Completed a total of 28 in school residencies and 3 rural Manitoba school tours

2013

UNDER THE FLOOR ABOVE

Winnipeg Jewish Foundation

Winnipeg Jewish Foundation Special Grants award to write UNDER THE FLOOR ABOVE, a play about a German family hiding a Jewish family beneath the floorboards of their farmhouse

Storyteller in Residence

Winnipeg Libraries

with financial assistance from the Winnipeg Foundation.

VOICES ON THE WIND

Toured one woman show VOICES ON THE WIND, Stories of the Prairie Women, with financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts.

“Carly and the Fame Factory”

Co-wrote original play “Carly and the Fame Factory” with the students at Ecole Viscount Alexander.

Fire Women

Fire Women

2013 Winnipeg International Fringe Festival

Storyteller in Residence

West End Women’s Resource Centre

With financial assistance from the Manitoba Arts Council, Artist in the Community grant.

Arts Educator

Completed a total of 22 in school residencies and 2 rural Manitoba school tours

Touring

Schools, Libraries and Community Concert Halls across Canada have enjoyed Leigh-Anne’s eclectic range of stories from around the world. She is best known for her folktales from the many parts of Asia through which she’s travelled, blended with folklore from her Russian roots. She’s also often requested to share stories of her life in a Mennonite farming village, which has recently been given the honour of being named a national historic site.

  • FIRE WOMEN: An eclectic mix of folktales from around the world that celebrate the strength of women throughout the ages. Perfect for women’s groups, part comedy part drama, wholly inspirational. Running time 45 minutes
  • THE FINAL HOUR: Leigh-Anne tells the story of her father’s experience through four months of Intensive Care and eventual palliation. Running time is 35 minutes with a ten-minute talk back.
  • BABY BLUES: Not really about post-partum but encircling many of the adventures of sudden motherhood. The show is perfect for women’s centres and women’s groups. Running time is 30 minutes with an additional 30 minutes for small group, artist led discussion and group building/story sharing activities.
  • VOICES ON THE WIND, Stories of the Prairie Women: Stories of struggle and survival of early immigrant ladies on the prairies, including the short films THE LADY IN GREY and LADY FROST. Running time is 60 minutes. Excellent for rural concert halls.

Please contact the artist for rates

Workshops

Leigh-Anne teaches workshops in storytelling through visualization. These workshops are appropriate for any age and stage, even toddlers. She has honed many original activities that assist in remembering and mapping stories through “seeing the words” through drama. A full list of the activities is available at the end of each workshop. This particular workshop supplies excellent professional Development for School and Libraries.

Her writing workshop titled “Writing in triangles” teaches how to approach story building through setting, action and inter-relationships. When the triangle is complete then we also discover the circle or the journey of the characters. This particular approach to writing works from kindergarten up. The focus is on creating strong stories that are clear and connected through character interaction. This method often helps avoid the “and then” monster.

“Infusing Character” is a workshop designed for emerging storytellers. The workshop is designed to assists tellers in thinking about their characters through the eyes of a playwright by using motivation and precision in their choices and interactions.

“How to Write from Life” is a workshop for individuals who have a particular life event that they are interested in committing to the page or the stage.

Leigh-Anne’s shows Baby Blues and The Final Hour as well as earlier works FeMennonite and FemMennonite 2: I Married a Jew, are all examples of this creative process. During the workshop she will help writers organize the timeline of the event then pinpoint the themes, which ultimately uncover a depth of meaning and purpose for the story.

Please contact the artist for rates.

Contact

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204-942-5815