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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Chris Leyva

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Chris uses humor and whimsy to ask larger questions about our humanity. His plays are grounded in character and take place in heightened worlds.

He is a playwright and director based in Columbus, OH. As a frequent collaborator and educator with CATCO, CLIMB Theatre, Hixon Dance, and MadLab Theatre, he is happiest when uncovering the potential in a project or a person.

Chris’ plays have been commissioned and developed by CATCO is Theatre, CATCO is Kids, CLIMB Theatre, MadLab Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Curtain Players New Play Initiative, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and the Columbus School for Girls, among others.

He received an M.F.A. from the Playwrights Workshop at The University of Iowa, a B.A. in Directing from Coe College, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.