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Leslie Ting has been creating immersive, music-driven performances since 2014. Her definitive work, Speculation, combined her specialized background as a classical musician and former practicing optometrist. In 2021, Leslie was nominated for the Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Theatre Director. She is an artistic research fellow at the Laboratory for Artistic Intelligence and an Associate Artist with Toronto-based performance company, Volcano.
Her latest project, What Brings You In, is currently in development as an online, interactive binaural experience, and has been supported by Theatre Passe Muraille’s Buzz Development program, WhyNot’s RISER Project, the Summerworks Lab Program and the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now Initiative.
This past year, Leslie performed in the inaugural season of improvisation web-series, Understory, contributed to experimental publication Caddisfly Project (NYC) and was a commissioned artist for Race Cards (in Two Acts), a co-production by Prime Mover Theatre Company and Selina Thompson LTD (UK).
Creative accessibility is a throughline of Leslie’s artistic practice. Her interdisciplinary approach has included interviews with members of the low vision and blind community, prototype testing, regular discussions with consultants, accessibility experts, and internal reflection with her collaborators on our relationship with vision and listening.
She asks that her collaborators share in this process to consider multiple perspectives and accessibility in order to foster empathy, spark advocacy and create social change.