The Spirit of Harriet Tubman -
September 29, 2017
Voices of Freedom Festival
Harriet Tubman Public School
As the recipient of the 2014 and 2000 Mayor’s Awards for "Artist of the Year" and "Outstanding Performing Artist” of Windsor Ontario respectively, Leslie McCurdy has forged her career entertaining audiences internationally. She obtained an honours B.F.A. in dance with teaching certification from the University of Michigan, then served as choreographer and teaching assistant to Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre for several of her Detroit residencies. Leslie’s theatre credits include: Mrs. Barker in American Dream; Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill; Risa in August Wilson's Two Trains Running; Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Bobbie-Michelle in Last of the Red Hot Lovers; Dorothy in The Wiz; Laura McClellan-Williams in Checkmates; The Acid Queen in Tommy; Fraulein Kost in Cabaret; The Coochie-Snoocher in The Vagina Monologues. She also did a stint in ABC’s Detroit 1-87and has appeared in several movies, including The Ides of March, under the direction of George Clooney and a featured role in Amanda and the Fox, a Joel Reisig production soon to be released on Netflix.
20 Years with The Spirit of Harriet Tubman!
There are many plays about Harriet Tubman, but none share her entire life story like a visit with The Spirit of Harriet Tubman. Leslie McCurdy invokes the 'spirit' of Harriet Tubman as she portrays the life of the famous Underground Railroad conductor, recreating stories familiar and some rarely told, using words said to have been Harriet Tubman¹s own. Through it all we learn of the faith and conviction that drove Harriet Tubman to follow her dreams; the spirit of the past connecting with the present, inspiring her charges to have the courage to do the same in envisioning their future.
For 20 Years Leslie has captivated audiences across Canada, The United States and has even played in London England! The Spirit of Harriet Tubman was presented at the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem North Carolina, 2012 DC Black Theatre Festival Living Legacy Series, Washington DC, Paul Robeson Art Is A Weapon Solo Play Festival, London England in 2013 and various festivals, Performing Arts Centres, schools and other venues with tens of thousands of audience members being thrilled with Leslie McCurdy's performance.