Leslie Slape is new to playwriting, but spent 34 years writing for The Daily News (Longview, WA)—working her way up from classified ad salesperson to award-winning reporter—and has performed as a professional storyteller since the 1980s. The Harder Courage (2018), her first solo play, was a finalist in the 2018 Ashland New Plays Festival. She is the co-author (with Donald A. Correll) of This Island Earth (1998/revised 2009), a physical theater production drawn from folklore and myth, on the theme of stewardship of our planet.
At age 57, she left the newspaper to study playwriting at Portland State University, graduating summa cum laude in 2016 with a BA in English/Writing. She also holds an AA in music from Lower Columbia College (1976).
She won seven awards for news writing, including three first-place awards from the Society for Professional Journalists. Her short story, The Tale-Teller, was published in The Healing Heart: Families (New Society Publishers, 2003) and has been performed by storytellers around the world.
She is active in Longview’s community theater, Stageworks Northwest, as a stage manager, director, producer, performer, teacher/mentor, and playwright.