Leah O'Donnell Choreography


Leah is a choreographer, dancer, and writer. Her early training began with the Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre, and continued on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, under Eleanor D’Antuno and John Magnus.

Her extensive performance career spans concert and commercial dance. Credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Saturday Night LiveThe Tonight ShowTrainwreck, Across the Universe, Beyoncé, and more.

As a choreographer, she has created work for Michigan Opera Theater, Wayne State University, Kristi Faulkner’s Women’s Work Festival, and University of Michigan’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Her work, Dance of the Ancestors, was selected for the ACDA gala in 2019.

Leah has had the honor of working with world-renowned artists Julie Taymor, Daniel Ezralow, Mark Dendy, Annie-B Parson, Ben Wright, Francesca Zambello, Franco Zefferelli, Michael Grandage, Rebecca Taichman, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Jerry Mitchell, Michelle Lynch, Fatima Robinson, Sam Mendez, Judd Apatow, Baz Luhrmann, Ryan Heffington, Margherite Derricks, Frank Gatson, and more.        

As a writer, Leah has contributed to the Detroit Metro Times, Dance Pulp, University of Michigan’s Confucius Institute, Ann Arbor Observer, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

She holds a degree from Wayne State University.