Leo Lion is an artist and writer based in NYC. His work extensively involves theater, both as an actor and a playwright. Leo is also the founder and Artistic Director of a teen-run theater company, Firebird Youth Theater, which has received awards from National Youth Arts three years in a row (including three awards for direction by Leo). As of 2018, Leo has produced and directed five off-Broadway productions. Leo’s acting credits include work with companies such as Different Directions, Wingspan Arts, Homeschool Stage, and Firebird Youth Theater. Plays written by Leo have been produced by Firebird Youth Theater, Downtown Art, and Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival.
Leo also writes in other genres: his award-winning short stories, essays, and poetry have been published by Imagine Magazine (2014), Teen Ink Magazine, and the New York Scholastic Awards Blog. His flash-fiction collection, “Over the Bed: A Little Book About Things That Dwell,” is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. His novel “After” recieved a Gold Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Leo’s art and writing has been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Parsons The New School for Design, and Casita Maria/Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. His film School Skits received a Clay Crow Award from the Roliki-Fest Film Festival in Moscow, Russia. Leo’s animated film The Intergalactic Adventures of Bloop received three national prizes from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (National Gold Metal, Best in Grade, Ovation Award for Film & Animation).