Though she be but little, she is fierce!
Artistic Director & Founder
Leah Adcock-Starr is a theatre director, educator, and scholar who has made her home in the Northwest for the past six years. Previously, Leah taught and directed for community programs, theatre companies, and schools throughout Twin Cities Metro Area in Minnesota. During that time, Leah also served the Tony Award winning Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company as a teaching artist in their storied Theatre Arts Training program, and as CTC’s Teen Programs Coordinator. In Seattle, Leah spends a lot of time wrestling with, working on, and writing about the plays of William Shakespeare. As Dramatic Arts Program Developer and teaching artist for Foundry10 and instructor for Bellevue College, Leah’s work focuses on identity, equity, and social change while interrogating the ‘classical’ canon through Shakespearean contexts.
In 2015, Leah and husband Kieran created Off Road Shakespeare Company; a traveling ensemble of actors, musicians, activists, and clowns that create brave and beautiful productions of Shakespeare’s plays for non- traditional spaces and artistically underserved communities. Off Road plays for free, for all. Off Road performs site specifically and tours to homeless shelters, community centers, and public libraries in and around the Seattle Metro Area.
In addition to her work with Off Road, favorite directoral adventures include John Belluso’s THE RULES OF CHARITY (Sound Theatre Co - WA) Caroline Bird’s TROJAN WOMEN (Civic Rep - WA), an all female HAMLET (Theatre Unbound - MN), JULIUS CAESAR (Handwritten Productions - WA), TWELFTH NIGHT (UW School of DRAMA - WA) and Ellen McLaughlin’s HELEN (20% Theatre - MN) as well as co-creating an original exploration of the life and work of JM Barrie for the 2016 Seattle Fringe Festival with her husband and favorite collaborator, Kieran.
When not teaching or making plays, Leah can be found running her dog in circles around the U District, supervising and scooping for The Barking Lounge with dogs that are not her own, reading reading reading, navigating a turbulent relationship with social media, and learning to play the cello.
Leah holds BAs in Theatre Arts and Theology, and has an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington School of Drama.