leslie Shreve received an outstanding actor award from Business Week for her portrayal of Harpo Marx. This notwithstanding, she works primarily in announcing and voice/overs. She has narrated an exhibit for the Smithsonian; created sounds for many furry and oddball characters; and most enjoys doubling voices in recreations of programs from its Golden Age for the Friends of Old Time Radio.
A Cable Television Pioneer with her award-winning children’s program – Leslie the Shreve; her diverse career has also included the video tutorial which first taught customers how to use the cash machine! For HBO she played Kay Sybers in Autopsy 8. On stage leslie played Mabel in The Pajama Game “solid comic turns”; Mrs Diana Trapes in The Beggar’s Opera “she just about galvanized our audience”; Eva Tanquay in A Salute to the Palace Theatre – “effusive energy” ; Rossignol in Marat/Sade, and Mrs Banks in Sunday in the Park – where she “rolled em in the aisles with laughter”.
Her activism includes: the National Boards of SAG, AFTRA, and the merged SAG-AFTRA; the Council as well as chairing the Grants Committee for the the Episcopal Actors Guild – (Charitable help for performers of all faiths, and none); the Council for The Lambs; and the steering committee for the St Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital’s Crime Victims Treatment Center. leslie is honored by her uniquely long term as National Chair for the Women’s Committees of AFTRA, SAG, and SAG-AFTRA. Ms Shreve is also member of the Dutch Treat Club; ATAS; LPTW; the Blue Hill Troupe; The Village Light Opera Group (Lifetime Honoree), the Original NYC Bad Girls, TRC, and The Players.
She is most proud of the growth of the Women Arts Media Coalition which she has championed since its inception . leslie is the first, and thus far only past President to be named as Special Advisor to the Coalition. She chairs its Steering Committee.
A natural born multi-tasker, leslie also served the members of IATSE 798 as its Television Trustee. As a make/up artist she has designed for stage, film, Daytime and Primetime TV, rock shows, industrials, commercials, news, sports, press junkets, archival interviews, and is the contributing author on this subject for The Handbook of Private Television (McGraw-Hill). leslie is a recipient of the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding MakeUp Design.
She directed the Documentary – Healing Ground Zero – which included a night time tour in the pit.
With her late husband Joel Willis – leslie built a solar house in the woods of Weston Ct. Now leslie lives in NYC with a view to the West – and several beta fish.
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