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Leslie Lee

Leslie Lee is an Associate Teacher in the Dramatic Writing Program at New York University where he teaches playwriting and screenwriting. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. He has been produced both Off Broadway, on Broadway, and regionally. His play, "The First Breeze of Summer," received an Obie Award and a Tony nomination. For television, he adapted James Baldwin's novel, "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and Richard Wright's, "Almos' A Man." His original motion picture script for "The Killing Floor" won honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival and appeared at the Cannes Film Festival. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for his documentary, "Culture Shock."

He is working on screenplay about poet Alexander Pushkin.
 
«My experiences in St. Petersburg were the most profound in my entire life. The grace and respect which I was accorded by the Likhachev Foundation has been etched in my memory. Their efforts to make my stay both pleasant and informative were beyond parallel. I came back home not only with a greater knowledge, love and understanding of Alexander Pushkin's revered status in Russia but why it is necessary for this great poet to be recognized globally. My screenplay has been deepened and more enriched as a result of my sojourn in St. Petersburg. I am truly grateful».