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Theatre, Visual Arts

Leland Faulkner

About the Artist

Leland is a professional director, mime, actor, and magician. Leland is also a master of the classic arts of shadowgraphs and chapeaugraphy. Without words, and using the language of gesture, he creates stunning arrays of figures and characters using only his body, and the simplest of props. He has toured and performed around the world for over twenty five years.

World of Wonder is a live performance filled with magic, mime, and story that transports audiences on an international journey. Leland is a master theatre artist, and his program, World of Wonder is an original work that provides unique and memorable experiences promoting tolerance, respect, and amazement. Leland has presented performances to audiences around the world, performing in theatres, schools, and festivals all over the U.S., Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Spain, Thailand, Russia, and Turkey. 

Grade LevelsK-8
MaximumsUnlimited Students, 45 minutes
Technical Requirements
  • A lit and elevated stage if possible
  • the ability to dim or temporarily turn off the lights
  • standard electrical outlet
  • one chair and
  • a bottle of water
Total Fee1 performance- $770 / 2 performances (same day and same school) - $1,320
School Portion1 performance- $385 / 2 performances (same day and same school) - $660

Theatre provides a fun experience, where participants learn life long skills and disciplines. Residencies generally end with a shared performance of student work to validate the creative process of the residency.

Leland's work is loosely based on the work of Keith Johnstone and Tony Montanaro, two of his teachers. Guiding young people is a hallmark of Leland's approach to creative theatre.

Mime is a key part of performing, understanding gesture, body language, and movement is an important part of understanding how we communicate. Leland provides this experience by sharing movement skills and techniques that incorporate an almost magical ability to create imaginary worlds in empty space,

Improvisation is how theatre artists develop new work, and hone their acting ability. The ability to identify with an idea and bring it to life can be challenging and fun at the same time. Games, team work, situation comedy, and assignments bring this part of the performer's skill into an accessible and engaging place.

Grade LevelsK-8
Maximums16 Students, 45 minutes, 4/day
Technical Requirements

A large open space- like a theatre or gym. Mats are appreciated.

Total Fee5 day residency - $2,000
School Portion5 day residency - $667

Exposing young people to theatre is key to developing their ability to communicate effectively. In a workshop, young actors are taught simple techniques to manage stage fright, movement techniques that improve clarity of action, and games that challenge, inspire, and delight. Learning to express without fear is a life skill that takes practice. Leland shares his path to mastering these elements.

Grade LevelsK-8
Maximums16 Students, 45 minutes, 2/day
Technical Requirements

Large open space- theatre or gym. Mats appreciated.

Total Fee$276 (with performance only)
School Portion$138 (with performance only)