Leana Gardella
photo by Theik Smith

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Actor | fight Director | 

Intimacy Choreographer

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photo by Theik Smith



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 specialize in Stage and Screen Combat and is an Advanced Actor Combatant in the Society of American Fight Directors. I hold certifications in Unarmed, Knife, Single Sword, Quarterstaff, Small Sword, Sword & Shield, Rapier & Dagger, and Broadsword combat for the stage and screen. I also have my Firearms Safety Certification.
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 Sub/Urban Photography