Leann O'Kasi

Leann O'Kasi

Actress

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

Hi,

I am a mixed-race actress of dual Nigerian/Irish heritage living in London. My first film role was appearing as Laila, the female lead in First Light/Creative Scotland short film 'Last Order' alongside Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York, Billy Elliot). Other work includes playing Ms Martens in series 10 of the BAFTA winning BBC2 sitcom 'Rab. C Nesbitt' and most recently short film 'Soul of A Black Woman' by award-winning filmmaker Rebecca Graham. The film won Best International Afrofuturism Short at the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta, GA and recently Best Score at the Charlotte Black Film Festival in North Carolina (virtual edition).

I recently played Keli in the stage adapatation of Jonathon Porritt's seminal book about climate change 'The World We Made' adapted by Beth Flintoff and directed by Sophie Austin. The play was commissioned by Change Festival and premiered at Warwick Arts Centre before touring. 

I was previously Artist In Residence at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow where I wrote and performed my one woman play ‘Dirty Paradise’ inspired by a short story from Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez. The play received 4 star reviews from The Scotsman and The Herald publications and features in the book ‘Mental Illness in Popular Media: Essays on the Representation of Disorders’ Edited by Lawrence Rubin.

I was shortlisted for the Hospital Club Emerging Creatives Programme in 2019 and I am currently writing my first short film. I would love to connect and collaborate with other artists.

 

Skills

  • Acting
  • Public Speaking
  • Scriptwriting
  • Autocue
  • Dance
  • Directing
  • Experienced Youth Worker
  • Feature Film
  • Film
  • Green Screen
  • Improvisation
  • Performance
  • Pole Dance
  • Presentation Skills
  • Salsa Dance
  • Short filmmaking
  • Theatre
  • TV
  • Voice-over

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