Leanna Brodie is an award-winning playwright and actor whose work has been performed across Canada and the US. In 2015, Brodie collaborated with New Zealand composer Anthony Young on Ulla’s Odyssey, the Flourish Prize–winning opera which toured the UK for two years with OperaUpClose.
Brodie is also a leading translator of contemporary Québécois and Franco-Canadian playwrights. Recent premieres have included Wildfire (Factory Theatre, Toronto: 2022 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play, Director, and Production); Joe Jack et John’s Violette (Espace Libre/PuSh Festival); Mohsen El Gharbi’s Omi Mouna (Impact Festival/Infinithéâtre); Anaïs Pellin’s Clementine (Carousel Theatre/PHT, Vancouver); Fanny Britt’s Benevolence (Ruby Slippers Theatre/Pacific Theatre); and Rébecca Déraspe’s I Am William (Stratford Festival and Théâtre le Clou). Benevolence will be staged at Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company this season, and The Weight of Ants – Brodie’s translation of David Paquet’s Governor General’s Award-winning Le poids des fourmis – will be published by Scirocco Drama this fall.
Brodie recently served a one-year term as Assistant Professor (Playwriting) at UBC’s School of Creative Writing. With co-writer Jovanni Sy, she is working on Salesman in China, a commission from the Stratford Festival. She is also working on her new play Biological as part of Boca del Lupo’s SLAM! programme.