Leslie Hyland Rodgers has performed in New York, France, California and Texas. She is a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano who enjoys singing a variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz and musical theatre. She has produced and performed in Night & Day and Santa Baby, the first two installments of a music video trilogy.
In addition, Leslie has produced three CDs. Sugar & Spice is a compilation CD featuring various Symphony of Soul musicians with proceeds benefitting the charity. Together with GRAMMY winning and former Disney composer, arranger and producer Gary Powell, Leslie has recorded and produced Just Smile, a collection of 12 jazz favorites from the 30’s and 40‘s and Love Notes, a small collection of 7 of her mother’s favorite Broadway Showtunes. Leslie made Love Notes as a final tribute at the end of her mother’s life.
Leslie enjoys creating one-woman shows and performing them at festivals and private events. Her most recent show Princess, Pauper, Seeker, Servant describes the journey of Symphony of Soul through stories and songs. Leslie has a short 20-minute version of the show that she often performs as a guest speaker for various business and networking groups.
She has had speaking roles in the soaps One Life to Live, Another World and The Bold & Beautiful. In addition, she had a supporting role
in the independent film Loving Deadly (shown at the Cannes Film Festival in France and she served as Andie MacDowell’s stand-in on the film Multiplicity under the direction of Harold Ramis. Leslie enjoyed filming NeTune’s Big Adventure, [add photo/ link to current media/video/NeTune’s Big Adventure] an experimental film short directed by Academy Award Winning Cinematographer Russell Carpenter of the movie Titanic. Filmed at the Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles in conjunction with 20th Century Fox, NeTune was shown in all the major film studios in Hollywood. In Texas, Leslie has enjoyed participating in some independent films and videos, including ABC Family TV’s The Lying Game.
In New York, Leslie worked with Broadway directors and composers Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse of Annie fame and had leading roles in two of their projects: a revival of Two by Two slated for Broadway and Nightingale which intended to tour in China and then open Off-Broadway. Both projects had a nice run Off-Off Broadway in New York but were scrapped when the funding fell through. In California, Leslie performed at The Long Beach Civic Light Opera in a production of Funny Girl with Pia Zadora, Lagunatics at the Laguna Playhouse and Love Council the Odyssey Theatre. In Austin, Texas, Leslie has performed three different one-woman shows for private events, as well as at The Austin Club and for the FronteraFest at Hyde Park Theatre. Leslie has appeared in national television commercials for various products, as well as print and runway modeling in everything from sleepwear to bridal gowns. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
After graduating from the Hockaday School in Dallas with honors in music, Leslie majored in Vocal Performance at the University of Texas in Austin. In New York City, she completed the two-year program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with Howard Fine, followed by a summer exchange program at The Theatre des Amandiers in Paris, France, followed by the two-year Gately-Poole Acting Studio for the Sanford Meisner Technique. In Los Angeles, Leslie studied the Spolin Improvisational method for a year and a half with Stephen Book. As a vocalist, Leslie has studied with Julie Brown of the Paris Opera, Robert White of the Julliard School, Walter Foster, Sylvia Gallo and Anna Lively.