Leslie McCurdy

Visiting Artist. Available March 30 - April 3, 2020.
Recipient of the 2014 Elizabeth Havelock Grant from the Windsor Endowment of the Arts, and the 2014 and 2000 Mayor’s Awards for "Artist of the Year" and “Outstanding Performing Artist” of Windsor Ontario respectively, Leslie McCurdy, has performed internationally as an Actor, Dancer/(Choreographer), and Singer. Also a teacher, with an Honors B.F.A. in dance with teaching certification from the University of Michigan, Leslie served as choreographic and teaching assistant to Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre during several of her Detroit Residencies, and was slated to go to New York to apprentice with the Ailey Company when she literally tripped, fractured her hip, and fell into acting. She has numerous stage, film and TV credits but is most "famous" for the one-woman plays that she wrote and has performed for over 20 years. The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, her first play, was a finalist for a Canadian Chalmers Award for Best New Play for Young Audiences. Her second play, Things My Fore-Sisters Saw, was filmed for TV and was premiered on the Bravo Network in Canada in February 2006.  She is lauded for the "brilliance" of her works and the message of social consciousness that is instilled through them. A documentary film about Leslie's work as an activist performing artist entitled, "The Leslie McCurdy Story: On the Money", currently streams on the CBC GEM network under the "Absolutely Canadian" program.

Curriculum Links

Dramatic interpretation of history; contributions of visible minorities; explain and demonstrate the use of different patterns in creating effects; recognize appropriate themes; evaluate the quality of a drama performance.

Additional Information

Available: March 30 - April 3, 2020.
Combine 1 performance of Harriet is My Hero with 1 performance of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman or Things my Fore-Sisters Saw in same half day $995 + HST


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French
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The Spirit of Harriet Tubman

Residency Performance English

A powerful one-woman show explores the life of Harriet Tubman, a hero of the underground railway and a tireless worker for social justice. Issues examined include racism, gender, personal integrity and the importance of social commitment.

Participants:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
300
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 1 hour $735 + HST

Combine 1 performance of Harriet is My Hero with 1 performance of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman or Things My Fore-Sisters Saw in same half day. $995 + HST
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Things my fore-sisters saw

Residency Performance English

Students will meet four women of African descent who affected significant social change in Canada: Marie-Joseph Angelique, a slave in Montreal; Rose Fortune, the first policewoman in North America; Mary-Ann Shad, educator and journalist and Viola Desmond who wouldn't give in to segregation. Students will understand how these women affected change in Canada and how their actions have shaped our lives.

Participants:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
300
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 1 hour $735 + HST

Combine 1 performance of Harriet is My Hero with 1 performance of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman or Things My Fore-Sisters Saw in same half day. $995 + HST
Request a Booking

Harriet is My Hero

Residency Performance English

Stories of the life of Harriet Tubman are revealed while examining the characteristics that make her a good hero. Students actively participate in re-creating some of the aspects of the story and dolls are used to illustrate the various ages of Harriet Tubman.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
Maximum:
80
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
Two performances (in one half day): 40 minutes (incl. Q & A) $735 + HST

Combine 1 performance of Harriet is My Hero with 1 performance of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman or Things My Fore-Sisters Saw in same half day. $995 + HST
Request a Booking

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman

Residency Performance English Seniors

A powerful one-woman show explores the life of Harriet Tubman, a hero of the underground railway and a tireless worker for social justice. Issues examined include racism, gender, personal integrity and the importance of social commitment.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
300
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 1 hour $665 + HST
Request a Booking

Things My Fore-Sisters Saw

New Program Residency Performance English Seniors

Participants will meet four women of African descent who affected significant social change in Canada: Marie-Joseph Angelique, a slave in Montreal; Rose Fortune, the first policewoman in North America; Mary-Ann Shad, educator and journalist; Viola Desmond who wouldn't give in to segregation. Participants will understand how these women affected change in Canada and how their actions have shaped our lives.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 1hour $665 + HST 
Request a Booking