Lesia Kaye, Center Director – Plymouth Performing Arts Center
Lesia Kaye holds a B.F.A. in Performing Arts from the University of Houston with prior studies in dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Before graduating college, Lesia had gained her professional affiliations with Actors Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) through her performing with Houston Grand Opera and Theatre Under the Stars.
Lesia’s performance credits include 42nd Street, They’re Playing Our Song, The Mikado, Hello Dolly, Evita, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Through her work as a professional choreographer, Lesia gained professional affiliation with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Lesia worked alongside Robert Clater, choreographing productions at The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh CLO, Starlight Theater, Dallas Summer Musicals, TOTS, TUTS and The MUNY. Their work with Dreamgirls was the centerpiece for the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and their production of Dreamgirls for the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities with Billy Porter and Kecia Lewis earned 19 nominations and won 11 awards, including 2 for Best Production. Throughout her career, Lesia has had the honor to collaborate with such theatre greats as Renée Elise Goldsberry, Adriane Lenox, Christopher Jackson, Montego Glover, Norm Lewis, and Heidi Blickenstaff.
Lesia enjoys mentoring young artists to achieve their fullest potential. Her dynamic teaching method has been engaged by parents including Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta Jones, the Disney family and Jason Winston George. Her students have achieved their dreams in an array of platforms including Broadway (Aladdin, Pretty Woman the Musical), national and international tours (Hamilton, Peter and the StarCatcher, Cats, Dirty Dancing the Musical, Lightwire Theatre), film (Better Nate than Never, The Prom, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, MechX-4), television (Blue Bloods, Almost Family, Forget Normal), commercials (Coke, UPS, Capital One), and beyond.