Founding Artistic Director
MTYP's founding Artistic Director, Leslee is recognized as a national leader in Canadian theatre for young audiences. She directed many of the Theatre Company's productions over the past 26 seasons, including The Secret Garden, Naomi's Road, The Rememberer and New Canadian Kid, and her work has played on Canadian stages such as The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Young People's Theatre in Toronto, and the Citadel in Edmonton. In Manitoba, Ms. Silverman initiated what was at the time the only permanent mainstage season of theatre for children and provincial school touring and the only theatre season in Canada just for teens. She was instrumental in the creation of the Shaw Performing Arts Centre at The Forks in Winnipeg, a facility devoted entirely to young people, and the only one of its kind in English Canada to be built from the ground up.
Ms. Silverman has nurtured the development of new work for young artists, as well as commissioning work for children and teens from such major Canadian artists as Dennis Foon (Seesaw, Chasing the Money), John Murrell (The Odyssey), Ronnie Burkett (The Chalmers Award-winning Old Friends), Drew Hayden Taylor (Boy in a Treehouse), Rick Miller (Into the Ring), Ian Ross (Baloney and An Illustrated History of the Anishnabe) and Kim Selody (The Hobbit).
Leslee Silverman's awards and honours include the Silver Jubilee Commemorative Medal, as part of Canada's 125th Anniversary celebrations, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the Arts and Culture category for her significant contribution to the well-being of our community, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Winnipeg. In 2003 she was the first recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council Arts Award of Distinction recognizing "the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist."