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bio & artist statement
I'm an artist and improviser from New York City, and all of my work is improvisational.

My primary medium is collaboration, usually with people, sometimes with environments, often with code, occasionally with frames of animation. 

My work has won awards and received grants - they're very nice, and they're here.

It has also received attention in the form of press, which is also lovely, and here's some of it.

I teach improvisation at the Atlantic Acting Studio at NYU. I've also taught workshops at SXSW, CUNY, R-Lab, NYU Tisch's Integrated Tech Performance Lab, The PIT, The Tank, Steel River Playhouse, Denver Improv Festival, Coldtowne Theater, and more. I've presented papers at SIGGRAPH and IEEE GEM.

I've been the artistic director for a handful of NYC area theaters - Magic Futurebox, the Peoples Improv Theater, and the Jersey City Children's Theater.

USA Today: Podcast Pick of the Week

Playbill: Leslie Kritzer Stars in Podcast Musical

Splitsider: This Week in Comedy Podcasts

Broadway World: Stage Tube - Sing Along with Wondery's New Podcast Musical

Chicago Tribune: Listen to Alan Schmuckler and Dave Holstein's 'Serial'-inspired Musical Podcast

Broadway World LA: Wondery Unveils First-Ever Podcast Musical

Toilet Fire

Abrons Arts Center

Time Out New York: critic's pick

Howlround: In Praise of Poop Jokes: Toilet Fire and the Merits of Unserious Theater

Manhattan Digest: Eliza Bent is on the Crapper and She Wants Company

Culturebot: A conversational Response

American Theatre: Abrons 100th Season 

New York Theatre Review 

Exponential Fest


The New York Times: Standing on the High Line, Watching the Actors Go By

The Washington Post: Brazilian Artist Plans for Arresting Street Theater

The New Yorker: The Homebound Project’s Original Plays, Performed in Isolation

Playbill, Theatre Community Bands Together to Help Children Affected by COVID-19 With The Homebound Project

American Theatre: ‘Homebound Project’ to Stream New Works From Prominent Artists

The New York Times:  Making Theater Essential, Digitally

Bedford + Bowery: South by South Death is the Music-Festival Slasher Musical You Didn't Know You Needed

Brooklyn Paper: Killing Them Softly: Slasher Musical Mocks Rock Festivals

Time Out New York: Art section feature

Culturebot: We Wanted to Wear Turtlenecks

Comedy Cake: Quick Dish NY

awards / grants

2021 Producers' Guild Awards

  • Finalist, PGA Innovation Award for Jettison

2020 AWExr Auggie Award 

  • Finalist, Best Art or Film 


2019 North Bend Film Festival 

  • *Winner, Most Innovative Immersive Experience for Ghosted

2019 Media Lab Expo

  • *Winner, Audience Award for Ghosted

2017 Webby Award for WAIT WAIT DON'T KILL ME

  • *Winner, Jury Award for Best Sound Design / Original Score

2017 Sarah Lawrence Award International Audio Fiction Award for WAIT WAIT DON'T KILL ME

  • Honorable mention

2012 New York Innovative Theater (NYIT) Award Nominations for Demon Dreams

  • Outstanding Director

  • Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play

  • *Winner, Outstanding Featured Actress: Celeste Arias

Improv News of New York (INNY) Award Nominations

  • Best Sketch Group – City Hall (2010, 2011, 2012)

  • Best Twoprov Group – rebecca AND ron (2010)

  • *Winner, Best Short Form – National Comedy Theater (2009, 2010)

Department of Cultural Affairs Grant: Cultural Development Fund               October 2011

  • Funding for Magic Futurebox’s Public Domain series

  • Funding for Improvisational Arts Festival co-curated with Chris Booth

chashama Space Grant                                                                      June 2011                                  

  • Magic Futurebox awarded a 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse space for theater development and performance for 6 months – at 3 months, MFb was granted an 18-month extension by Bush Terminal, property owner

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