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      L E A N A 

     GARDELLA

Actor | fight Director | 

Intimacy Choreographer

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about

Leana

Hello there! I'm a New York City based Actor, Stage and Screen Fighter, Fight Director, and Intimacy Choreographer.
 
I graduated from Pace University's BA Acting Program as a part of the International Performance Ensemble. This program specialized in devising ensemble based theater and developing me as a collaborative artist.​ Through this program, I had the opportunity to perform overseas in Athens, Greece at the InFoMaT festival. 
Over the years I've worked in spaces such as The Park Avenue Armory, La MaMa, Access Theater, Medicine Show Theatre, and The New Ohio, to name a few.
I enhance my physical training by seeking out multiple movement styles to round out my physical vocabulary. This includes Filipino Martial Arts, Freestyle Staff Spinning, Action for Film, and holding certifications with the Society of American Fight Directors in all weapons offered and Theatrical Firearms Safety. 
Between projects, I'm a Fight Director and Intimacy Choreographer, working in both live and digital mediums. My philosophy while choreographing is to tell interesting stories while making the actors feel supported in the workspace and confident in the choreography!
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photo by Nick Wheelehon
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RECENTLY...

  • Fight/Intimacy/Movement Direction for Soho Shakespeare Company's Richard III

  • Fight and Intimacy Direction for NYTimes Critic's Pick Marie It's Time

  • Acted in a New Short Film Entitled "The Bargain"

  • Fight Direction for NYTimes Critic's Pick macbitches

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photo by Maria Baranova
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