Earlie Bird Productions (EBP) is a Philadelphia-based production company rooted in the belief that everyone has a story to tell, and that every story has the potential to effect change.
Our mission is to give voice and venue to local writers, visual artists, movers, makers, and shakers, all working collaboratively to mount productions that support and give back to our community.
We seek an impassioned and intrepid audience that is eager to support storytelling that entertains, inspires, and instigates.
EBP is committed to giving back to the greater Philadelphia community, who has given us so much and inspires us daily.
A portion of proceeds from our productions is invested in organizations, programs, and causes that improve quality of life in the region and those that encourage and support storytelling.
Lauren Earline Leonard is a Philadelphia-based writer, director, and producer.
Leonard holds a B.A. in Theatre from Temple University, where she worked in technical production on Chess, The Bacchae, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Fences. She performed as part of The Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival and in a production of The Vagina Monologues. While at Temple, Leonard interned with FringeArts (then Live Arts - Fringe Festival) going on to work for the organization in their External Relations department after graduation.
As a board member and President of the Queen Village Neighbors Association, Leonard forged partnerships with Paradigm Art Gallery to bring the work of artists Calo Buscanigua, Kid Hazo, Kelly Kozma, My Dog Sighs into public spaces as a means of enhancing quality of life. BillyPenn and the Knight Foundation named her to their 2016 Who’s Next Community Leaders list of people under 40 making Philadelphia’s communities and neighborhoods better every day.
As part of EBP’s in-school outreach program for Philadelphia students, Leonard teaches theatre as a means of promoting creativity, collaboration, innovation, leadership, and self-confidence.
Leonard’s written work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Passyunk Post, greenlimbs, and the Queen Village Neighbors Association Magazine. She is a story editor and contributor at Root Quarterly, a subscription-only printed journal of art and ideas that celebrates Philadelphia writers and artists. For EBP, she co-wrote and directed V2: Creation Myth (February 2018) and Mother/Daughter (September 2018). Her original work DREDx, an evening of TED-like talks set in future Philadelphia, will premiere this September.