Leia Squillace was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia with nine siblings and four parents who instilled in her the values of community, responsibility, and caring for others. These are still the values that drive her personally and creatively today.

Leia’s work as a director, theatre maker, and arts engagement organizer focuses on building and strengthening community and fostering radical humanization. She takes on projects that challenge her and her audience to find commonality and humanity where it is least expected or thought possible.

Artistically, Leia is attracted to the lyrical and fantastic, whether it is found in a classical text or street performance. She delights in making the quotidian magical and the seemingly-unachievable a reality.

Leia is the co-director of Herd, the artistic director of The Confined Arts, and a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. In her spare time, Leia delights in bringing people together over freshly baked treats and filling her spare moments reading as many books as the library will let her check out at once.

Her understanding of justice requires mercy.

Her desire for community is rooted in the necessity of diversity.

Her expressions of creativity stem from multi-voiced processes.

Her experience in the arts demands acknowledgement that access to opportunities for creative expression and artistic conversation are human rights.


Her concept of being an artist by profession embraces the social responsibility of recognizing the practical implications and influence of art.