Leah Filley (EMC, SAG eligible, MEAA) is an Australian/American actor, currently based in Melbourne. She is represented by Mollison Keightley Management in Sydney (http://mollisonkeightley.com/artists/leah-filley/) She holds a BFA degree majoring in Film and Theatre Studies from The University of Melbourne and a MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, New York City.
Leah completed a Graduate Apprenticeship at The CRY HAVOC Company in New York where she continues to be a contributing artist, writing a play for their collection every year. She was part of a year long tour with National Players, Tour 65, America's longest running touring company, performing in 'Macbeth' (playing Lady Macbeth'), 'Comedy of Errors' and 'The Odyssey'. In 2014 she completed a wonderful run of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' playing Miranda, at Olney Theatre Centre in Maryland. She was thrilled to be cast as Goneril in the feature film of 'King Lear', directed by Alexander Barnett, which was released on Amazon at the end of 2017. WE ARE ROM3, a short film adaptation of 'Julius Caesar' that she co-wrote with Drew Feldman was part of the Official Selection of four film festivals: Joshua Tree International Film Festival (California, USA), Red Dirt International Film Festival (Oklahoma, USA), Shakespeare on Film (Stratford Upon Avon, England), and Trail Dance International (Oklahoma, USA).
Since returning to Australia, Leah completed a sold out run of an all-female 'Julius Caesar' as part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival with Essential Theatre. The show was also part of the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and completed an extremely successful run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Before heading to Edinburgh, she performed in a sold out production of Oscar Wilde's 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol' at the Old Melbourne Gaol. She and Tanya Burne formed White Horse Collective which had it's first show in October 2018: 'Summer and Smoke' by Tennessee Williams which she starred in and Tanya directed. She has performed in numerous seasons with Complete Works Theatre Company, playing many wonderful roles including Penelope in ‘The Penelopiad’, Rosalind in ‘Photograph 51’ and Beatrice in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.
Leah and Harry Thompson co-wrote and produced the new play ‘Mullygrubs’ which premiered at Melbourne Fringe 2019 where it was subsequently nominated for Best Theatre. It is touring to Adelaide Fringe from 7-15 March 2020. Tickets: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/mullygrubs-af2020?venue=166%3A1109
She is the creator and co-producer of a new documentary about endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain which is currently in pre-production.