Johanna Leister

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Johanna Leister most recently played Mrs. Venable in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER with Mississippi Mud Productions, directed by Austin Pendleton. Other recent projects include BEYOND THE HORIZON at Irish Rep and a Roland Emmerich pilot for ABC. Training: American Conservatory Theatre Training Congress, San Francisco; Acting, at HB, with Uta Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld and currently, Austin Pendleton. Broadway: WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY with Mary Tyler Moore, TARTUFFE with Victor Garber, DRACULA with Raul Julia, and WHODUNNIT with Fred Gwynne. National Tour: Jill Mason in EQUUS starring Ken Howard. Other New York theatre includes Rattlestick Productions, Gorilla Rep, Dodger Productions, Riverside Shakespeare, and HB Playwrights. Regional theatres include Long Wharf, Geva, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley, Pioneer, Walnut Street, and Two River. Directors include, in addition to Mr. Pendleton, Ciaran O’Reilly, Jon Jory, John Dexter, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Pamela Berlin, Stuart Vaughan, and Stephen Porter. Film: THANKSGIVING, A SIZE TOO SMALL, and A PICTURE IS NO SUBSTITUTE. TV: 4 years as Phoebe Smith on THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Mariane in TARTUFFE for PBS Great Performances (available on DVD), and Liz Posen in the KENNEDY mini-series starring Martin Sheen. Ms. Leister taught acting for 4 years in the Saturday Program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.