Leland Faulkner is a mime, magician, and comedian born in 1957. His love for magic was stirred after attending a magic show in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in the mid 1960”s. The magician was John Calvert.
Leland’s theatre career was developed under the mentorship of Tony Montanaro, the legendary mime and teacher with whom Leland partnered for three years. Since those early years, Leland has worked around the world headlining events like the Shanghai Comedy Festival, Masters of Magic, Abbotts Magic Get-Together, The Yankee Gathering, The Magic History Conference, The Battle of the Magicians, Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States, the International Arts Carnival in Hong Kong, The Phyzgig Festival, The Moisture Festival, a multi-city tour of Japan, showcases at The Kennedy Center, Village of Tales, in Ojai, CA. The International Children’s Festival in Calgary, Canada, and was a featured artist at international circus festivals in Montreal, Canada, Wuqiao, China, Ankara, Turkey, and Izhevsk, Russia.
His routines for Troublewit, Chapeaugraphy, and his performance of Shadowgraphy have garnered him accolades from his peers as being highly original, entertaining, and innovative.
Leland presently tours, teaches, devises and directs for a living. Over the last few years he wrote and directed an original production Shadowplay at Virginia Commonwealth University, taught at The Very Physical Comedy Institute hosted by Celebration Barn Theatre, inspired teachers at the Tennessee Arts Academy, taught movement for opera singers at The Castleton Artists Training Seminar, and was the physical comedy director for The St. Louis Repertory Theatre’s production of One Man Two Guvnors.
He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.