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Portfolio of Canadian actress Virginia Leigh

Demo Reels

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short reel
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class demo - Virginia Leigh at Walter Alza Acting Studio

class demo - Virginia Leigh at Walter Alza Acting Studio

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About

Virginia is an award-winning actress working in film, television, voice, and theatre. She is based in Toronto, Canada. 

 

Virginia has appeared as the lead in several feature length and short films, many of which have won awards through the international festival circuit. Most recently, short film Everything Changes won Best Short at San Diego Black Film Festival 2016.  Virginia won Best Actress for her performance in feature film Waiting for Summer at Hamilton Film Festival, and earned her first songwriting credit for collaboration on the theme song for this film. Television work has aired on APTN, Super Channel, Rogers on Demand, Women's Network, and the History Channel. 

 

Virginia's  passion for storytelling takes her both in front of and behind the camera. She compliments the craft of acting with writing, and also enjoys playing music and songwriting.  

Virginia began to study acting at Toronto Theatre Academy while earning her BA(Hon) with a specialist degree in semiotics and communication studies. An avid student, she has trained with E.V.N. Studios, Straeon Acting Studio, and most recently with on-going scene studies master class at Walter Alza Acting Studios. She is grateful for her mentors and colleagues, and loves being engaged in the creative process.

Virginia Leigh

Film Clips

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Kind Words

"Virginia has both the innate talent and the skill learned through experiences to churn out strong performances.  Her strong camera presence and her ability to bring the minute details and portray subtle emotions of the character sets her apart from the rest.  Virginia is very warm and friendly. The fact that she brought cookies and soups for the whole set distinctly vouches that she is a total team player.  On top of all this, her unwavering commitment to her craft is a manifestation of a seasoned professional. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Virginia. She is an asset to any director or producer."  

—  Senthil Vinu

Writer/Director: Waiting for Summer

Newground Films Inc.

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Resume

Representation: Butler Ruston & Bell                                                  Height: 5'4'' .  Eyes: blue .  Hair: brown .  Location: Toronto, Canada .  Union: Actra
FILM & TELEVISION (selected)
Mrs. America
Everything Changes (short)
  *Best Short Film (San Diego Black FF, 2016
Waiting for Summer (feature)
  *Rising Star Award, Canadian Int. FF 2013; Best Drama & Best Actress, Hamilton FF 2012; Best Feature, Hunstville FF 2012
Killer God (feature)
  *Best in Show, ITVFest Int. FF 2011; Best Feature, Toronto Ind, FF 2011, Official Best of Fest 2011, Best Production, Maverick FF 2011
Leatha Acidents (feature)
  *Special Jury Remi Award, Worldfest-Houston International FF, 2012
The Darkside (short)
The Real Mash 
The Time Traveler
Bridge Kids
Papa, This is Delta
The Memory of Water
The Red Shoes
Heart-Shaped Bruise
In Dreams: episode 108
Jumping Through Hoops
Rite of Spring
THEATRE & DANCE (selected)
Ludlow Fair (selection)
The Exception & the Rule
Venezualan Rhythms
The Physicists
Dance of the She-Devils
Metamorphosis
Apollo of Bellac
Avian Rhythms
 
TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Hon. BA Semiotics and Communication Studies 

U of T. Concentrations: cultural and theatre semiotics.

Extensive On-Camera & Scene Studies Training

Walter Alza Acting Studios ~ Advanced On-Camera Scene Study: W. Alza, D. Bajramovic, T. Kacurov

E.V.N. Studios ~ Scene Studies, Audition Workshops, Private Coaching: Earl Nanhu

Straeon Studios ~ Private Coaching, Scene Studies, Audition Seminars: Jock MacDonald  

Toronto Casting Film Audition Intensive: Marc Baur

Breaking Away From the Pack: Brian Levy, CDC

Audition Workshops & Coaching

Lynne Cormack ~ Nailing the Small Role audition workshop

Lewis Baumander Acting Studio ~ Private Coaching for Auditions: Lewis Baumander

Private coaching: Barbara Deutsch

Theatre, Voice & Dance

Toronto Theatre Academy ~ Classical Theatre: Tim Kacurov

Linklater Workshop: Miranda Handford; Acting with a Director Workshop: Steve DiMarco

Voice for Musical Theatre: Deborah Staiman

The Singer's Body: Orville Heyn

Dance - Bellydance: Arabesque Academy

Flamenco: Academy of Spanish Dance

Ballet, Modern: University of Toronto

Content Development

Theatre Creation: Yoshi Oida

Various theatre creation and acting seminars: Theatre Ontario

Agnes

Widow

Dancer

Monika

Dancer

Dancer, Choreographer

Agnes

Dancer

Arts & Letters/Tim Kacurov

Solar Stage/Tim Kacurov

Mosaico 21/ Matadanze

Solar Stage / tim Kacurov

OHDC, Rhythm & Dance Festival / Victoria Mata

Isabel Bader Theatre / Virginia Leigh

Solar Stage / Tim Kacurov

Toronto Fringe Festival / Victoria Mata

Actor

Lead

Lead

Lead

Lead

Lead

Actor

Principal

Principal

Lead

Lead

Lead,Writer

Lead

Principal

Principal

Lead

FX Productions / L. De Clermont-Tonnerre

Cinematoscape / Simeon Taole

Newground Films / Senthil Vinu

Academy One Productions / Stasch Radwanski

Cinegraphe Inc. / Nicholas Kinsey

Fifth Season Media / Lorne Gross, Raha Shirazi

Storyline Entertainment / Gary Lang, Min Sook Lee

Time Traveler Productions / Richard Story

Rollscourt Productions / Geoffrey Pugen

Your Turn New Media / Helen Shaver

Your Turn New Media / Michael Houslander

Twenty Buck Films / Precious Chong

Your Turn New Media / Vanessa Shaver, Mat Lyons

Eyes Cloud Productions / Gavin Smith

Twenty Buck Films / Precious Chong

Catch-22 Productions / Caldwell Lever

SPECIAL SKILLS
Voice
  • ADR, French speaker, Accents (British RP, New York, Southern US), Singing 

Movement

  • Cycling, Canoeing, Dance, Jogging, Sailing, Skating (Rollerblading & Ice-Skating), Skiing (downhill, cross-country, water), Swimming, Yoga

Misc.

  • Computer Skills, Driver’s License, Guitar, Masseuse, Songwriting, Reiki, Writer

COMMERCIALS, VOICE & ANIMATION
  • Details available upon request