Leslie Gates received her BA in Theatre from Mercer University. Her love from theatre started at 5 years of age and continued through high school. In college, she taught theatre classes at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Macon, GA. Leslie worked extensively in Atlanta and Chicago both onstage and off, as actor, stage manager, designer or anything else she could do just to get in the theatre building. She served on the Board of Directors of Onstage Atlanta and was a founding member of Potluck Productions, dedicated to bringing a slice of the South to the Windy City.
Since moving to Huntsville, Leslie has served in several capacities on the Board of Directors of Theatre Huntsville. She appeared on stage with Theatre Huntsville, Fantasy Playhouse, The Whole Backstage and Renaissance Theatre; most recently as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and as Goldie in The Diviners. She has directed multiple award-winning shows, including The Pirates of Penzance, Nunsense, Nunset Boulevard, A Few Good Men, Harvey, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, and The Musical of Musicals! The Musical! Leslie has been a Teaching Artist with Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and Academy and was the Theatre Performance Instructor at Lee High School from 2015-17.
Leslie is a graduate of Leadership Greater Huntsville Focus Class 37, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and an Ambassador for the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce.