Autumn Leonard

Autumn Leonard inherited a love of equality from her parents who braved laws against interracial marriage and got legally hitched in 1960. Her love of storytelling began when she was eight years old and accidentally stumbled into a stage debut at the Edinburgh Fringe. That combination of justice and story has infused her work ever since. Autumn worked as the Creative Action Coordinator for United for a Fair Economy, using theater techniques to help craft press events and stage creative social actions. She then worked as the Community Programmer for the International Festival for Arts and Ideas in New Haven before making the leap into film and attending the graduate Radio­-Television -­Film program at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a trainer for Ruckus and a puppet builder for Art & Revolution; she has chaired the Race Task Force at Kolot Chayeinu in support of other Jews of color and taught at Kolot's K'tanim program. A mother of two, Autumn believes avidly in the importance of play in education and has served on the Maple Street School board since 2012. She graduated with a BA in Theater Studies at Yale and holds an MFA in Film from UT Austin. Autumn is currently the Social Media Coordinator for Hand-in-Hand, the domestic employers' network, and teaches yoga at the Urban Yoga Foundation.