Leahdawn Helena

Playwright and Director – Stolen Sisters

Born and raised on the west coast of Newfoundland, Leahdawn Helena (she/they/nekm) has been involved with theatre, film and radio since her early teens, though her first and most secret love has always been writing. An actor and director by training, her most recent stage appearance was in Meghan Greeley’s To The Girls at the 2021 Stephenville Theatre Festival. She also had the pleasure of directing Petrina Bromley last year in Elizabeth Hick’s Hearty at 80 for PerSIStence Theatre. She began to pursue professional writing after receiving an award from the Newfoundland Arts and Letters competition in 2020 for her screenplay Ruthless. Proudly L’nu, and a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaw, she also holds a BA in Sociocultural Studies and a BFA in Theatre from Memorial University, Grenfell Campus, which she puts to use as a freelance Indigenous Sociocultural Consultant for the St John’s Arts community.