MEET US

Zachary Morris,
Creator and Artistic Director
"Have courage and be kind"

Zach is an actor, creator, model and producer (www.zacharymorrisnyc.com)His West End debut was starring in the Broadway musical ‘The Secret Garden’ with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre, London. Hailed in the New York Times as ‘vibrant and exciting’Zach went onto train at the world famous Guildford School of Acting where he graduated with a first class BA HONS in Musical Theatre. 

 

Zach has had the honour of being awarded the title of ‘Artist with Extraordinary Ability’by the United States of America, allowing him to pursue his career in New York City. He has just finished starring in Christopher Luscombe’s iconic 40th Anniversary production of The Rocky Horror Show, playing Riff-Raff in the West End and the No1 UK Tour. In this production he also understudied the roles of Brad Majors, Eddie and Dr Scott as well as being the male swing and Dance Captain. This production was recorded live and broadcast to cinemas around the world.

 

Highlights include playing ‘Ernst Robel’ in the London and UK Tour of the Tony Award Winning musical ‘Spring Awakening’, Farv Fermont in the London premier of Kander and Ebb’s Broadway Musical ‘Curtains’taking over the leading role of Aaron Fox, and touring America as a the leading vocalist for Royal Caribbean Productions.​

He has worked Off-Broadway at the New York City Centre Encores Season alongside award winning Broadway choreographer Chase Brock on the iconic Marc Blitzstein musical ‘The Cradle Will Rock’directed by Sam Gold. He has appeared at the world renowned 54 Below on Broadway showcasing the new work of composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.

Whilst working in New York, Zach was inspired to create  ’The Leading Edge Arts Project (LEAP)’ producing and facilitating theatre workshops for the younger generation. The main emphasis is on unleashing creativity and harnessing the authenticity of every student in a safe space. LEAP is now in collaboration with the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and will be launching life changing workshops in most major ATG venues in the West End, regional theatres in England and New York.

 

Zach also is the Co-Creator of Vortex Records and he produced his first Album with international conductor, composer and Musical Director, Ben Van Teinan : “Instructions for Dancing” (www.instructionsfordancing.com). Described as “Memorising and Magical” by BritishTheatre.com the album is a hauntingly beautiful piano/vocal journey through words, music and consciousness, brought to you by Zachary Morris and Ben van Tienen. Covering the songs of Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Fleetwood Mac, The Magnetic Fields, Richard Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Herman. Instructions for dancing is available for download on all major music retailers.

 

Zach is a also passionate vegan, animal rights activist and fitness professional. He is an advocate for a more compassionate, conscious, and plant based lifestyle.

EMAIL : zach@leadingedgeproject.com

Becky Brewer,
Co-Creative Director
"LEAP and the net will appear"

Becky has been working professionally in both plays and musicals since 2010 at venues such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Royal Court and numerous times in the West End. Alongside acting, Rebecca works with adults and young people on public speaking and communication. She has also worked with women in a high security prison, using theatre writing and poetry to help express themselves in a controlled and safe environment and gain confidence. 

Rebecca loves working with young people on unleashing their creativity and building their confidence. She is inspired by each child's individuality and is always driven to make young people feel great about themselves.

EMAIL : becky@leadingedgeproject.com

OUR LEAP MANIFEST(0)

 

LEAP is essentially a collective of Theatre artists at the top of their field who have the unique ability to not only facilitate the work of young people, but to provide them with a safe space to express themselves and unearth their creative potential. 

 

Everyone who is part of our creative team wants to co-create and be inspired by young people - we take their passions, dreams for the future and artistic skills to make a unique piece of theatre that speaks to the world.

 

Collaborating in this way with our Leading Edge Creative Team allows young people to feel inspired and realise they can achieve their dreams, speak their truth and express themselves authentically in life.

LEAP’s mission is to create an encouraging atmosphere for the younger generation to realise their power as creative beings, and cultivate a sense bravery and compassion to carry out into the world.

 

We believe that everyone is an artist. We believe everyone has the right to be heard. It is those two beliefs that are the foundation of our work. We have discovered the magic that happens when you provide the younger generation with that creative space. 

This is a completely different experience to what most people expect from a traditional theatre workshop. For our young participants LEAP is a powerful space to create, be free, be excepted and find their voice as artists through inspired action.

"Through the medium of expressive arts it is our mission to create a safe space for young people to share their gifts with the world. Led by our diverse team of Leading Edge Creatives from all over the world."

 

We define a 'safe space' as a space where :

● It is safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

●  Diverse opinions, and discussion are not only tolerated, but invited.

●  Active listening and courageous exchange are fundamental values.

●  Collective action, activism, and community engagement, both within and outside the walls of theatre and the arts, are cultivated, encouraged, and supported. 

"We welcome all abilities and create an all inclusive atmosphere dedicated to empowering young people to with the space to evolve, unfold, and share their truth with the world."

- Zachary Morris, Creator and Artistic Director

Gabriel Fleary,

London

Emily McGoogan

London

MARK OSMUNDSEN

NYC

Dimitri Joseph Moïse

NYC

katie maddioson

NYC

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