LESLIE CORN has worked in television, radio, and audiobooks, as producer, director, writer, researcher, and programmer. Now, her heart belongs to writing and producing for the stage. She writes about social issues and personal challenges, current and historical: diversity, agism, gender identity, immigration, gun violence, government, family, relationship, compassion, self worth, and how connection can come in unexpected ways. Most of her work is 10-15 minute plays and monologues for adult and TYA performers, drama and comedy. She hopes that her plays raise awareness, and, maybe, inspire some people to try to make the world a better place.
Among the places her plays have been performed are the New York Theater Festival, ESPA Primary Stages, Plays and Pizza, The Bechdel Group, Dramatists Guild Playwrights Group, the Players Club NYC, in Times Square as part of the Dramatists Guild’s presentation “It Starts with a Word: Dramatists in Times Square,” Debra Poneman’s Yes to Success, Roland Tec’s Some1Speaking, and many Zoom performances. She conceived, produced, and wrote for Library Tales: Short Plays Inspired by the People and Events of the New York Society Library, a sold-out site-specific performance presented at the oldest cultural institution in New York City. She also conceived, produced, and wrote for the six-week series The Gratitude Monologues that premiered internationally on Zoom in association with All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City. The non-denominational series featured 35 playwrights, actors, and musicians from around the world, including PAGES members. Three of the audiobooks she produced, directed, and scripted were nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Recording. A forensic certified genealogist and Fellow of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, Leslie sometimes keeps her hand in television storytelling as a researcher/presenter on the BBC TV show about family, history, and story: Who Do You Think You Are? Member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Society of Professional Investigators, and the Dramatists Guild.