Lesley Buxton is an arts educator specializing in drama and creative writing. Her adaptations of theatre classics have been performed by young actors throughout the Ottawa and Western Quebec area. Over the past twenty years, she has taught for well-known arts organizations such as: The Ottawa Little Theatre, Arts Under One Roof, Youth Infringement, and Tournesol Dance. Many of her former students are pursuing careers in: opera, music, theatre, film, animation, and writing, but she is proudest of their commitments to the arts. In addition to teaching, she has worked as an actor, theatre critic, arts editor, and a theatre consultant for The Canadian Children’s Museum.
Lesley is a graduate of Mountview Theatre School in London, England where she specialized in: theatre and education, improvisation, scene study, movement, and voice. During that time, she performed in a variety of productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Blood Wedding, and Spring Awakening. She has been involved in film and TV.
Her first play, Of Grace was produced by Ottawa’s Year 1 Theatre and she was a member of The Great Canadian Theatre’s Playwright’s Unit. Her writing has been published in a variety of Canadian literary magazines: The New Quarterly, The Fiddlehead and The Antigonish Review. Last year, her collaboration, Silent Falls with visual artist, Patti Normand debuted at Ottawa’s City Hall art gallery, Karsh-Masson. It was the most popular exhibit of the season. Currently, Lesley has a MFA from The University of King’s College.