Leonie entered the doctoral program in 2016 after completing an M.A. in Performance Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her thesis explored the relationship between aesthetics and politics through an investigation of Catherine Sullivan’s Five Economies (big hunt/little hunt), invoking Adorno’s and Benjamin’s theories about the social function of art. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Media from Goldsmiths College in London (2009) and a Diploma from Stella Adler Studio of Acting (2012). Leonie has worked as a performance producer, curator, and dramaturg with companies such as The Living Theatre, The Civilians, and Brave New World Repertory Theatre. As a graduate student, she was the teaching assistant to Professor Karen Finley at the Department of Art and Public Policy. Her research interests include 20th-century theater and performance analysis; aesthetic, critical, and social theory; psychoanalysis; and literary studies. She speaks German, English, Polish, Hebrew, and French.