Artist-in-Residence, Theatre

Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy
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B.F.A., Dance and Drama, New York University

Classes Taught

  • THR 115 – Acting Practicum
  • THR 203 – Acting II
  • THR 205 – History of Theatre
  • THR 225—Voice and Text
  • THR 403 – Acting IV


Leigh Strimbeck is an actor, director, writer and acting teacher. Her college education included two years at Bennington College and two years at New York University, where she graduated with a BFA in Dance/Drama.  Leigh began teaching in New York City over 30 years ago at the Actors and Directors Lab, and has taught almost continuously since then.  Later, she moved to Sweden, taught theater, and toured with a children’s theater company for a year.  Upon her return to the U.S., she joined the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) in Bloomsburg, PA and continued to teach, perform and direct.

During the twelve years with BTE Leigh acted in dozens of plays and served as Ensemble Director for three years. She was a site reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts.  Leigh traveled with BTE during a USIA tour of Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia.  The following year she returned to Zimbabwe for five weeks to adjudicate the National Theater Organization of Zimbabwe’s Theatre festival and to teach workshops.

Since moving to the Albany area Leigh has directed at Actors Collaborative and Stageworks, and appeared onstage at WAM Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Theater Voices and Theatre Institute at Sage.

Leigh can be seen in the films UnCivil Liberties, Fighting for Freedom, and Little Bi Peep (best supporting actress in a comedy award, Atlantic City Cinefest, 2013) Leigh co-founded WAM Theatre (Women’s Action Movement Theatre – (; is an associate member of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and head communications coach for the New York State Defender’s Institute Basic Trial Skills Program.

Currently Leigh is artist-in-residence at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York where she has created and directed the devised pieces Mirror, Mirror, about young women, body image, and the pressure to be perfect;I’m Not a Feminist, But… about this generation’s relationship to the feminist movement; and adapted and directed The Trojan Women, which toured to New York City and the Berkshires.