Leah Wagner

Company Member - Leah Wagner (Photo by Jeff Beers)

Originally from the D.C. area, Leah began her professional performance career in Chicago after attending Northwestern University.  Favorite credits (outside of her work with BKBX of course) include:  Proof, Importance of Being Earnest, Private Lives, and her onscreen debut with Barry Bostwick and Cheryl Ladd.  Leah received her MA in Acting for Screen from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.  When not scratching her artistic itch, she is running a successful business with Arbonne International, working to support Kisimani School in Tanzania, and running after her little boy, Kieran.  She is married to her college sweetheart, Aidan, and they live in Brooklyn.

Why Mime?

I love that anything is possible, and that the show becomes personal for each audience member.  I was so blown away by the first mime performance I saw over 10 years ago, and I knew I wanted to move people in the same way.

When did you first encounter/learn about mime?

I was a freshman at Northwestern University and the head of the theater department was also the director of the Mime Company...I was told that this was one of the most treasured groups at school and most well-respected, so I followed my curiosity and bought a ticket.

How did you find Broken Box Mime Theater?

I reconnected with one of my college friends when I moved to NYC - we had been mimes together in college at Northwestern.  He was a part of Broken Box and invited me to audition!

If you had a solo mime piece about your life, what would it be called and why?

It would be called "Amelia Bedelia has a Baby".   Or alternatively, "I think I can."  I have an outrageous sense of what is possible to accomplish in a day and in a lifetime.

What is your favorite thing about mime?

The sheer spectrum of emotion we can evoke in one show...from something so simple.

What is your favorite food?

Faux gras.  It's like fois gras, but vegan.  And delicious.

What’s your most played song?

Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson

What's your favorite quote?

"Whether you think you can, or you think you cannot...you are right."

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?

Time of day: sunset.  Day of the week:  Wednesday.  Month:  September.

What’s your favorite mode of transportation?

Boat.

What sound do you love?

My kiddo's laugh.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

My great-great grandmother Lena, who I am named for.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Play music by ear and not need sheet music.  Or to practice.  I just want to be in a jam band already.

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

If I'm honest - making lists in my head of all the things I could be doing to be productive.

What celebrity do you get mistaken for?

True story:  "Has anyone ever told you that you look like a perfect cross between Natalie Portman and that girl from Meet Joe Black?"  I'll take it.

What story does your family always tell about you?

Flying on an airplane at 18 months old to New Zealand, and when the movie came on I sat up and waved at everyone, thinking they were looking at me.

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