Lenni received a BA in Theatre & Speech from Wagner College and a MA with Distinction in Shakespeare & Education from The Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham (UK). Her MA dissertation work focused on the accessibility of teaching Shakespeare in neurodiverse communities. She is currently a contributing writer for Teaching and Learning Shakespeare Through Theatre-Based Practice being published by Arden Shakespeare (Bloomsbury) in 2024. Lenni will complete the third of three certifications in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s classroom and professional pedagogy in Spring 2024. Currently only one other individual in the USA has this credential. Lenni is currently the Director of Education for International Theatre and Dance Project (ITDP), a pre-college and college level theatre abroad program that brings students from the US to study theatre in Greece each summer. Additionally, she has taught Shakespeare and Musical Theatre Dance for ITDP, and Shakespeare and other theatre coursework in the Cayman Islands for CayStage. She served nine years as the year-round director of the Reagle Youth Theatre Workshop and served over ten years as the Director of Educational Programs at The Alexander Children’s Theatre School. She is currently on the Arts Concentration and Humanities faculty at a small private school in Massachusetts. Lenni has directed and choreographed at various summer youth and pre-college theatre programs, and teaches both dance and theatre workshops year round for children ages 8-18. She is a former New York City and Boston based actor, singer, dancer, and a member of Actor’s Equity Association. Lenni served as an equity dance captain and performer on the Reagle Music Theatre Mainstage for six consecutive summers. Additionally. she has worked with the American Repertory Theatre, the Daryl Roth Theatre, Lyric Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Gloucester Stage Company, Seacoast Rep, Central Square Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Hanover Theatre, OBERON, and Metro Stage Company.
Member of Actor’s Equity and Professional Performer since 2013
Lenni has performed regionally for the past 10 years.
Director of Educational Programming, The Alexander Children’s Theatre School (10+ years)
In addition to directing and choreographing Mainstage shows, Lenni programs and leads master classes for students ages 13+
Director of Education & Program Coordinator, International Theatre and Dance Project: Greece
Lenni serves as the curriculum builder and coordinator, as well as dance and acting teaching faculty for ITDP: Greece, a pre-college & college training program that brings students ages 17-25 to study theatre in Greece.
Guest Teaching Artist, CayStage (Cayman Islands)
Lenni has taught acting, improv, and introductory Shakespeare theatre programs for students ages 8-16 in the Cayman Islands.