TECHNIQUES, APPROACHES, & METHODOLOGIES
Leo Abel has been working with experimental physical theater for the last 20 years. He has been mixing genres, including aerial, circus, dance, singing, and puppetry. His credits are: "Miss Saigon", Jekyll & Hyde", "Babel"(CTC), Aida(The MET), and many others. He continues training various forms for physical theater and performs aerial shows at Circus Warehouse and various venues around New York City.
Leo originally started his journey in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at Indac school for Acting and Ivaldo Bertazzo school of dance, which led to his first acting breakthrough in 2007, when he landed the role of a G.I. in the Brazilian production of “Miss Saigon”, which he performed for one and a half years. This gave him the opportunity to transition to a directorial role as Fred Hanson's assistant in “Jekyll & Hyde”. As Leo’s evolution in theater progressed, he realized his passion for the physical acting needed would not be satisfied in typical roles, and this led to his first major Circus production in the critically acclaimed “O Grande Circo Místico” in which he played several roles.
Since he has been in New York, Leo has been involved with several projects such as; Babel, a physical theater production, shows by Atlas Circus Company, and most recently Aida, Mefistofele, Il Trittico, Carmen, Turandot, and Cosi Fan Tutti from The Metropolitan Opera. He continues training various forms for physical theater and performs aerial shows at Circus Warehouse and various venues around New York City. Recently, the Baruch College and Dixon Place invited him to develop “Immigrants” on their residency.
Since the quarantine has begun, he created his first podcast called O QUE TE MOVE (What Moves You) for Portuguese speakers.
Leo is an active member of the CTC Collaborators’ Ensemble and has contributed to the following projects, programs, and events beginning in 2014:
10 Year Storytelling Project
A Mexican Affair
Art & Activism
CTC Artist Residency
CTC Collaborator Gatherings & Parties
CTC Theatrical Development Lab
CTC Training & Professional Development
The Woman Who Was Me
Purple = Collaborating Artist
Green = Participant
* = Project Visionary & Lead Creator
** = Co/Contributing Creator