Born in the heart of Cajun country in Lafayette, Louisiana, Andrea LeBlanc is an actor, teacher, and writer who is committed to all aspects of performance and thrives in pioneering new performance and theatre aesthetics; her experience spans Feature Films, Independent Films, traditionally- based theater, experimental-based theater, webisodes, voice-overs, and radio.
She received a BA in theatre and political science, graduating magna cum laude, from Louisiana State University where she studied under the tutelage of John Dennis and Femi Euba. Her credits included The Rivals, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Time of Your Life and she performed with the theater company Playmakers of Baton Rouge. She received her MFA in performance from CalArts and is a founding member of Blank-the-Dog Theater Company, which is a Los Angeles/ New York theater ensemble. Her current BTD production is The Carolyn Bryant Project directed by Nataki Garrett, in which she is co-creator and performer. It was awarded a MAP fund grant and began its residency at New York Theater Workshop, was part of the REDCAT Winter Studio 2009, and was performed at Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles in 2011. It will be coproduced by CalArts’ Center for New Performance in 2018.
Andrea is dedicated to international performance. In 2008, she traveled to Cuba to act in Project PorAmor’s The Closest Farthest Away, which was a performance hybrid of theater and cinema. She was also part of its U.S. premiere at the Byron Carlyle Theater in Miami Florida. In France, she played Goneril in King Lear, directed by Travis Preston for the Center for New Performance at the Dijon Frictions festival and was also a part of its premiere at The Brewery in Los Angeles. In May of 2006, she performed in the tour of Michel Vinaver’s, September 11, 2001, under the direction of Robert Cantarella. It began in Dijon, France at Theatre Dijon Bourgogne, and also performed at the Theatre des Treize Vents in Montpellier and in Paris at the National Theatre at the Colline. She was also able to work with Mr. Cantarella on a devised piece about storytelling in advertisement for Paris’ cultural institute, Le CENTQUATRE-PARIS, as well as collaborating with other Parisian directors, such as Julien Fisera.
Her most recent performance was playing Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire at Bootleg theater in Los Angeles directed by Zoe Aja Moore. Other credits include: world premiere of Cary Lovelace’s, Couples Counseling at REDCAT Los Angeles; world premiere of History of Water directed by Julie Crocket for 24th Street Theater Los Angeles; working with artist Janie Geiser in her play Ether Telegrams and also starring in her film installation, The Spider’s Wheels, at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park; two of Susan Lori Park’s 365 plays at RedCat and the CelebrationTheatre, (Hollywood); The Fifth String by Janet Sternberg at REDCAT; writing and performing her one-woman show, Benedictions at The Next Stage (Hollywood); ensemble actor in Lewis Khlar’s live action film at MOMA (New York); Micheal Counts and Ken Roht’s Los Angeles production of Gertrude Stein’s Listen to Me; Santa Monica Theatre Guild’s production of Morning’s at Seven; Orpheus Crawling at NOW Fest REDCAT; My Uncle Sam at Sacred Fools (Hollywood); Living in Boxes at The Salvation Theater (Los Angeles); Power Play and Willfull Blindness for BBC; Romeo and Juliet directed by Derek Magyar; Eden’s Court on FunnyorDie.com.