Leslie Pasternack is an actor, director, playwright and dramaturg working on the NH/MA seacoast. She holds her Ph.D. in Theatre History from the University of Texas at Austin and is also a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She spent fifteen years teaching theatre history and acting on the college level, first at U.T. Austin, then Northeastern University in Boston and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. She is an accomplished playwriting consultant and has also taught workshops in playwriting, stage combat, mask performance, commedia, and physical presentation at venues including Dartmouth College, Methodist University, The Actors Studio of Newburyport, Gould Academy, and NH Theatre Project. Recent directing credits include Trifles & Escaped Alone (Firehouse Center); The Revolutionists (Firehouse Center); the performance/outreach series MAKE SURE IT’S ME/nh, based on Kate Wenner’s play about Traumatic Brain Injury in the military; Caryl Churchill’s A NumberAlbee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Mike Kimball’s Best Enemies, Duck and Cover and Patience Boston; and Will Eno’s Tragedy: a tragedy. Leslie’s solo shows have played in Allentown, Newburyport, Boston, New York City, Portsmouth, Concord, MA and Providence, RI. Her masked solo show, Clean Room, earned the 2012 Seacoast Spotlight Awards for Best Original Script and Best Actress. In 2014, Leslie portrayed Dorothy Vaughan in Kent Stephens’ Strawbery Banke play, Saving Portsmouth and in 2018 she played John Wesley Powell in NHPT’s production of Men on Boats. Leslie also mentors an incarcerated playwright through the PEN America Center’s Prison Writing Program. For more about Leslie’s work in and outside of the Lab, visit:


I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Leslie on several theatrical projects. The experience has always been rewarding and great fun. She is a wonderful director, generous with her time and always has great insights into script and character. A consummate professional. I would jump at the opportunity to work with her again.

Michele Macadaeg

costume designer