Leyla Modirzadeh is a performer and educator currently directing productions and teaching acting at San José City College. She has collaborated and toured with the Obie Award-winning theatre artist Ping Chong over the last 20 years on projects as performer, co-writer, and director as well as numerous multiple documentary theatre projects, known as the Undesirable Elements series. She has an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington, and an MFA in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She trained in improvisation and comedy at Second City in Chicago. She has taught theatre and various colleges and currently teaches theatre at San José City College. Her most recent publication is a contributing chapter about documentary theatre in the book Arts Education for Social Justice: A Way Out of No Way (Routledge Books). Ms. Modirzadeh appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

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