Many of the Playground Stage students already know "Ms. Leslie" through after-school classes. Leslie Putnam grew up in the Buncombe County school system, earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Carolina University, and has worked professionally as an actor, director, administrator, choreographer, costumer, and an array of other hats throughout her career. Her theatre education career began while she trained under the education department at Wayside Theatre in Middletown VA. She then served for six years as the Head of Early Childhood Development at Adventure Theatre in the Washington DC area. She continues to be an active teaching artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. Leslie has taught theatre to hundreds of children and has devoted her life to theatre education.