FYT Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Huffington Post

In Spring of 2015, Leo directed a stage production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Firebird Youth Theater, a teen-run theater company he founded in 2013, and for which he serves as Artistic Director. The script was an original adaptation of the classic novel of the same name by Lewis Carroll, adapted for the stage by Leo and Thomas Pflanz. The play performed April 17th-19th, 2015, at Roy Arias Theatre, Stage II.

An article by Joanne Rendell about the production was published on Huffington Posts’s Education Section on May 26th, 2015. Visit the article at the link below:

Bringing the Wonder Back to Alice

Firebird’s Alice – Photo by Joanne Rendell

Write A Play! NYC – Ties

Leo’s short play Ties is a finalist in Young Playwrights Inc.’s “Write a Play! NYC” Playwriting Competition 2015. This is Leo’s second play to receive a finalist title in this competition, the first being his full-length play The Internet Island Project, which made the finalists in 2014.

Ties is a stinging and cathartic play, about a very young boy who suffers a great loss. The script tackles the poignant and deeply relevant question of how children can come to terms with the mortality of those around them.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibit Closes

The Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes on May 17th. The exhibit featured both Leo Lion’s gold-key winning works: Backdoor (Photography) and Old News (Flash Fiction)

Old News was previously published by Imagine Magazine (2014), winning 2nd place Imagine Magazine’s Creative Minds Fiction Contest in 2014.

And although the exhibit is now closed, Backdoor will continue to be part of the “Selected Student Artworks” gallery on the museum website.

“Backdoor” received a Reigonal Gold Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and was exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Young Playwrights Inc. – Unplug (Reading)

On May 16th, Young Playwrights Inc held this year’s last series of staged readings, a program which was the culmination of 2014-2015’s Advanced Playwriting Workshop, in which Leo participated. The evening opened with a staged reading of Leo’s play, Unplug.

Unplug is a short one-act science-fiction play that explores the poignant relationship between a machine and her creator, raising dark and difficult questions about humanity and the right to understanding.

Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival – They Grow Up Fast

Leo’s play They Grow Up Fast was produced as part of Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival on May 13th. The play was directed by Robert Gonyo of Co-Op Theatre East. Performances took place off-Broadway at the June Havoc Theater.

They Grow Up Fast is a cathartic one-act play about a woman’s struggle with time, motherhood, and responsibility. A deeply emotional play that throws linear time and storytelling to the wind as Anne loses herself in a life of constant stress and disorientation.


Five playwrights whose works were featured at the Worldwide Plays Festival on May 13th in the 8PM program.

This is Leo’s second play to be produced in the Worldwide Plays Festival. In 2014, his play Before Barnaby (No Tears) was also performed at the June Havoc Theater. Before Barnaby was directed by Edward Elefterion of Rabbit Hole Ensemble.