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Welcome Visiting Assistant Professor Leah Walton!

Walton will join our faculty for the 2024-25 academic year.

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Swarthmore Theater Department is pleased to announce that Leah Walton will be joining us as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2024/25 academic year!

Leah has proudly worked as an actor, teacher, and theatre collaborator for over two decades, and is a member of Actors Equity Association. As a Philadelphia-based artist, Leah has performed with numerous local theatre companies, including Philadelphia Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, People's Light, 1812 Productions, Theatre Horizon, InterAct Theatre Company, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, EgoPo Productions, Montgomery Theatre Company, Mum Puppettheatre, Azuka Theatre, Temple University, among many others. She is a Barrymore Award recipient and nominee. Leah has developed new plays and performed Off-Broadway at Ars Nova with the Berserker Residents, and with The Debate Society at Playwrights Horizons SuperLab.

Her teaching credits include Temple University, the University of the Arts, the Arden Theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre, the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, and privately. Leah's training began as a Drama Student at Ithaca College where she received a BA degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While enrolled at Ithaca College, she spent three semesters abroad and trained at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute in Waterford, CT, the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, and the Gate Theatre of London, England. It was during her undergraduate career that she became interested in theatrical movement work, particularly that of Michael Chekhov, and has studied his acting technique with the International Michael Chekhov Association. She is graduate of Temple University’s MFA Acting program.

Leah's current scholarship is focused on creating safety for performers and elevating the unique voices of her students through her work as an Intimacy Director. She is greatly looking forward to working with us next year, saying "I am thrilled to join you at Swarthmore, to collaborate and explore this exciting community of artists."

Please join us in welcoming Leah Walton!