Matilda Leyser has been a dancer, a trapeze artist, an actor and a writer. She studied English Literature at King’s College London. She trained as a performer at Ecole de Phillipe Gaulier; at Circomedia, the physical theatre and circus school in Bristol, and at The Drama Centre, London. Over 15 years she collaborated with theatre, dance and circus companies on diverse productions including: Mamaloucos’ The Birds at the National Theatre; Destination, and Romeo and Juliet with Volcano Theatre; The Miserly Knight for Glyndebourne Opera; Pericles at Shakespeare’s Globe; Egg Dances, Passage and Ascending Fields with Rosemary Lee; Panic with Improbable. Matilda also devised and performed her own work as a solo aerial artist: her show, Line, Point, Plane, was commissioned by the London International Mime Festival and The Royal Opera House, and premiered in ’06 before touring nationally and internationally.
After her years in the air, in 2008 Matilda decided to come down to earth and began working with Improbable, a London improvisation-based theatre company. Alongside her performance work, Matilda is enrolled on an MFA in creative writing, and is currently working on a collection of short fantastical stories.