Leah Nanako Winkler is from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington, Kentucky. Her plays include KENTUCKY (2015 Kilroys List, Upcoming World Premiere April 2016 w/ Page 73 and Youngblood/EST), DEATH FOR SYDNEY BLACK (terraNova Collective), The Internet ( Everywhere Theatre Group/Incubator Arts Project), HAPPY DANCE DANCE PRINCESS SHOW (The Brick), Double Suicide At Ueno Park!!! (35th Marathon of One-Act Plays at Ensemble Studio Theatre), and more. With playwright Teddy Nicholas, she cowrote Flying Snakes in 3-D!!! which enjoyed performances in 2011-2012 at Ars Nova (ANT Fest), The Brick Theater (mainstage) and the New Ohio Theatre (Ice Factory 2012). Leah’s work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, The Bushwick Starr, The Flea Theatre and more. Her experimental work has been performed all throughout the city at places like little theatre @ Dixon Place, Prelude Festival, Bowery Poetry Club and more. She was a 2013 artist in residence with the New Group/ Urban Arts Initiative and an alumnus of Terra Nova Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwright Group. She is a two time recipient of the NYU’s A/P/A commission for researching and writing about hapa identity and one of her essays was a part of the exhibition, Visible & Invisible at the Japanese American National Museum in 2013. Her collections of short plays, NAGORIYUKI & Other Short Plays and The Lowest Form Of Writing are available on amazon. Other publications include Nanjing University’s Stage and Screen Reviews (China, December 2014 edition), Simon and Krauss, and Sam French where she was a winner of the 2015 Samuel French OOB Festival. Leah is a 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn Nominee and is currently on commission from 2G. She is pursuing her MFA at Brooklyn College where she is a recipient of the Capote Fellowship in Creative Writing, a member of Youngblood, an affiliated artist at New Georges and member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages. Follow her @leahnanako.