Leslye Orr is a playwright, performer and teacher, and the writer and performer of the hit comedy, Women Who Drink. Other notable solo plays include: Hand In Hand,The Mother- Hood Show, Wisecracks From My Father, and What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of blindness. She is well known for her workshops on the integration of people with disabilities and is a speaker/specialist through an appointment by the U.S. Department of State, for which she has toured her showHand in Hand through the American embassies in Latvia, Lithuania and Israel. Leslye is also the author and illustrator of a children's book, The People On the Corner, and a sound-effects enthusiast who has been featured on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Leslye was a company member and voice coach at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. She has worked with Ballet of the Dolls, Illusion Theater, Jungle Theater Outreach Series, Dudley Riggs and The Arkansas Children's Theater. Leslye was awarded a Jerome Fellowship and a Jones Commission through the Playwrights' Center, and a playwriting fellowship and an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Leslye has also served on the Minneapolis Mayor's Advisory Council on People with Disabilities. Born legally blind, for the past thirty years Leslye has taught workshops internationally in which she upholds the possibilities of disabilities. She and her husband, theater artist Zaraawar Mistry, along with their son, Sam, own and operate Dreamland Arts, a 40-seat theater attached to their home in St. Paul.
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