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.
If “this whole theatre thing” doesn’t work out, Leia will be found 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 concept of justice requires mercy.
Her belief in community is rooted in the necessity of diversity.
Her expressions of creativity reject egotistical independent creation.
Her experience in the arts demands the acknowledgement that access to artistic conversation and opportunities for creative expression are basic human rights.
Her understanding of being an artist by profession embraces the social responsibility of recognizing the practical implications and influence of art.