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Bianca Leigh

Bianca Leigh is an actress, singer, writer and director. Miss Leigh’s roles include Mary Ellen in the groundbreaking film Transamerica, the original Time/Wind in Taylor Mac’s theater epic The Lily’s Revenge, Franny Halcyon in the New York and San Francisco workshops for the musical Tales of the City, and her breakout role as the conniving Livia in Theatre Askew’s I, Claudius, Live. Bianca recently appeared in Your Name Here’s production of MJ Kaufman’s Don’t Drink From the River, directed by Will Davis, and is thrilled to be working again with this amazing company. Last year, Bianca wrote and performed her acclaimed solo musical, BUSTED, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. BUSTED is the harrowing yet highly amusing tale of a young transwoman in 1980’s New York. Miss Leigh recently adapted, directed, and performed as Mae West in the reading of a new musical about Mae’s life (and afterlife), Come Up ’N See Me. She will join Kevin Malony and Daniel Booth (as Sweetie) in Tweed Theatre’s production of A Place in the Sun. Bianca has participated in several recent community theater projects, including Paul Lucas’ Trans Scripts, a verbatim theater piece performed at the Northeast LGBT Conference on Queering Media and Technology in Higher Education.

Portrait of Bianca Leigh.
The Adventures of a Male-Bodied Transwoman in Drama School
Essay

The Adventures of a Male-Bodied Transwoman in Drama School

21 October 2014

I was often cast in small roles or the chorus. I learned to watch and listen. Creating a point of view about everything that happens onstage—even when I didn’t have a single line—was invaluable experience. I could make up whatever backstory I wanted. The many pages and youths I played didn’t have strict binary restrictions, so in my heart I was the saucy kitchen wench.