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Client Spotlight: Leah Senseney

I have known Leah for several years through meeting her as a fellow actor. She is one of the hardest working actors that I know – and she is always booked! I believe that is not only because she is extremely talented, but because she is also a positive influence on any space she enters into.

Tell me about yourself.

My name is Leah Senseney. I am currently an EMC performer local to Philadelphia. I have a BA in vocal performance with minors in education and dance from a small liberal arts school in Maryland, where I am originally from. I use every aspect of my degree in my career. I am an educator who specializes in the little ones. Recently I have taught with Walnut Street Theatre, Media Theatre, Delaware Children’s Theatre, and Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre. I am a dancer who choreographs for children’s musicals and  has been the dance captain for multiple professional productions. And, I am a soprano who, like most people, learned A LOT about self tapes in the past few years. I have been fortunate enough to perform all over the greater Philadelphia area. I recently got to speak about my experience performing, specifically in the TYA space, with Stephen Fala on his podcast Pipe and Drape. In personal news: I just got engaged! 

Tell me about what you’re working on now and what’s next! 

Currently I am performing in The Sound of Music as Sister Sophia and I am rehearsing Into the Woods as Florinda and Rapunzel’s Understudy at Candlelight Theatre. I am beyond grateful to be a part of these iconic shows.  I’ve been in Into the Woods once before as a different character. I would love nothing more than continuing to learn and perform roles in Into the Woods forever. Up next I plan to sublet an apartment in New York and Audition as much as possible. 

What kind of roles do you prefer?

I would love to play the Enguenues. But regardless of what I perform I will always try to find the comedy in the role. 

When was your first role as a performer?

In elementary school I had one line as the queen in an acting class. But if that doesn’t count I was Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods.

What do you love about your voice?

I love my range. I have a very wide range and I love to sing at either end.

How has Starling Voice Studio helped you? 

Starling Voice Studio has helped me create a more well rounded book. It has given me the opportunity to sing new and different material. And even the opportunity to sing an entire song and not just focus on those pesky 16 bars 😉

What’s your vocal goal this year?

I would like to prepare material that I dream of performing one day. Why wait to be cast in the perfect production. Nothing is stopping me from learning those dream roles now. 

What advice would you give to someone who is starting voice lessons for the first time? 

I would sing a variety of genres. Sing everything, even if it’s not your typical style.