From the Rainbow Room to the Kennedy Center, Lea has performed in theatres large and small across North America. After growing up on the lake in a picturesque town in North Alabama, she sank her teeth into the Big Bad Apple and is forever grateful for and inspired by the home she’s made in the New York theatre and dance community.
Lea studied tap, jazz, and ballet at her mom’s studio throughout her childhood, and became involved with the local community theatre at an early age. She fell in love with expressing herself on stage. She earned a B.F.A. in Performing Arts from Western Kentucky University and quickly set her sights on New York City.
Soon after her arrival, she booked the first national tour of the revival of 42nd Street and has since had the pleasure of portraying such musical theatre icons as Roxie (Chicago), Val (A Chorus Line), and of course, Peggy Sawyer (42nd Street).
Not afraid to step outside the theatrical box, Lea portrayed the role of Anna in the feature film Hunger with a “quiet and disturbing demeanor” (Collegemoviereview.com). The film garnered a Fangoria Frightfest Selection.
When she’s not working on her craft, Lea is happiest water skiing with her dad on Lake Guntersville, wandering through the galleries of the French Quarter with her husband, or eating a cookie from Levain Bakery at home in New York City!
Lea finds constant inspiration among her friends, family, and fellow artists, and she is eternally grateful for the opportunity to pursue a career in the arts.