Leslie Ishii launched the first Asian Pacific Islander new works lab, API 2×2, at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), where she had been a FAIR Participant for two seasons. She is EWP’s diversity liaison and has been an EWP and Center Theatre Group conservatory/project faculty member committed to her liberation/alliance building curriculums in combination with acting and voice work. Recent directing: EWP’s main stage, Takarazuka!!! and Crimes Of The Heart and their educational-tour shows, Taking Flight; The Story Of Katherine Cheung and Dawn’s Light: The Gordon Hirabayashi Story; Artist At Play’s 99 Histories; and currently, USC’s MFA New Works Playwright Festival. Leslie has been a co-facilitator for TCG’s Diversity/Inclusion Institute and a diversity/inclusion facilitator at OSF with diversity/inclusion consultant and lead trainer, Carmen Morgan. She also co-organized and co-directed the first and second Freedom and Focus International Fitzmaurice Voicework® Conferences in Spain and Canada. She has been a featured presenter at voice and qualitative research conferences in Mexico, Spain, and Austria. SDC, AEA, Sag-Aftra.