Leigh Alison Brooks is a classically trained actor and singer originally from Memphis, Tennessee. With a father in advertising, it was only natural that she would be seen and heard on the local radio and television. At the age of 11, Leigh was cast in her first national commercial as a voice over artist. Leigh attended the University of Tennessee where she would hone her craft in on-camera acting and narration with the broadcast department while also studying at UT’s professional Clarence Brown Theatre. It was here that she would perform along side Equity actors and work with acclaimed directors from around the world. While in school, Leigh received a scholarship, several acting awards, and was offered her Equity Membership Candidacy. Fresh out of college,Leigh was hired as a teaching artist and company memberat the Bijou Theatre, the former musical theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee lead by Jim Crabtree. During her tenure at the Bijou, she performed in and directed numerous musicals and plays and was often hired by local businesses for commercials and voice overs. Leigh was promoted as the Bijou’s Director of Education and was instrumental in creating and developing acting, dance, and voice classes in theatre and film for all ages.
Leigh’s award-winning children’s touring productions and Bijou Theatrical Academy would garner her respect in the field and would lead her to Virginia Stage Company (VSC) in Norfolk, where she would head their Education and Outreach Department. In addition to her work at VSC, Leigh was a writer and director of countless children’s plays with the Virginia Beach Theatre For Kids/Teens and she taught acting, voice, and audition technique to students at The Governor School for the Arts, Virginia Ballet, The Chrysler Museum, Hampton Roads Military Bases, and the YMCA. Leigh also served on the board of advisors for The Hampton Roads Shakespeare Festival and The Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School. Leigh is a member of the American Association for Theatre Educators and a four-time keynote speaker and drama instructor for the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Leigh Alison’s career in Arts administration and education has been full and gratifying but it was her husband’s transfer to Washington, DC in 2008, that would inspire her to take off her administrator hat and pursue her first love of performance full time. Leigh has had a fruitful few years in the Washington/Baltimore market as an actor and has had the fortune of being cast in national television, feature films, and industrials. However, her greatest role to date was becoming a Mom. Leigh is the faithful servant to her two spirited young sons, ages four and two.
Leigh Alison Brooks is a multifaceted artist with an extensive career that has weaved itself through the vast workings of the theatre, film and voice over industries. She is an eager and determined student of the craft and has been continuously touted as efficient and professional. Her passion for embodying a character is evident in her performance and in the quality of work that she consistently brings to the stage, the set, and the studio.
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