About Leslie Buxbaum Danzig


Leslie Buxbaum Danzig is co-founder of 500 Clown, where she co-created & directed 500 Clown Macbeth, Frankenstein, Christmas and Elephant Deal.  She is currently stage director of Wild Sounds with Third Coast Percussion, composed by Glenn Kotche of Wilco. She is collaborating director with Julia Rhoads/Lucky Plush Productions, where she co-created the dance-theater productions The Better Half and The Queue, both of which received a National Dance Project Award and a National Performance Network creation fund award (’12 and ’14).  Presenting venues include Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Spoleto Festival USA (SC), CRASHarts at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Dance Cleveland, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (VT), ODC (CA), and the Yard (MA).    Other theater credits include co-directing Redmoon’s The Elephant and the Whale (commissioned by Chicago Children’s Theater) and Redmoon’s Hunchback at New Victory Theater (NYC), directing the premiere of Pat Kane’s Float with About Face Theater, and touring nationally and internationally as an actor with NYC’s Elevator Repair Service. She received her BA from Brown University and PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University and trained in physical theater at Écoles Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier.   She is the curator of The Richard and Mary L Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, a laboratory where artists and scholars experiment with forms of collaboration.

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