Leda Hoffmann has been Strawdog’s Artistic Director since January 2019. Leda previously served on Milwaukee Rep’s Artistic Staff for seven years, working in the Education and Literary department before founding Milwaukee Rep’s Community Engagement Department. As the Director of Community Engagement, Leda envisioned and executed the Community Conversations program, enriching enriching audience experiences with robust small group dialogue; started Milwaukee Rep’s Professional Training Institute; and developed long-term sustainable community programs through the Pillar Partner program.
As the Artistic Director of Luminous Theatre, Leda produced and directed site-specific productions of Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play and the Penelopiad.
Leda’s work as a director has been seen across the Midwest at Northbrook Theater (The Cat in the Hat), Jedlicka Performing Arts Center (The Amish Project), Milwaukee Rep (A Christmas Carol, Black Pearl Sings!, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, the Amish Project), Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Hamlet), Door Shakespeare (The Comedy of Errors, the Tempest, Romeo and Juliet), Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur), Renaissance Theaterworks (Censored on Final Approach), The Alchemist Theatre (The Chairs, King Lear), Max and Louie Productions (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill), and Riverside Theater Iowa City (Birth Witches).
Leda is a proud graduate of Grinnell College, a former Milwaukee Rep directing intern, former Hartford Stage apprentice, SDCF Observer, a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and an Artistic Associate with Kokandy Productions.