Mindy Escobar-Leanse is a NYC based actor and puppeteer. Selected credits include: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar show” off-Broadway and the UK tour, “Soldier’s Tale” (Bushwick Starr), “Puppet Titus Andronicus” (Theatre Row), “A Ribbon About A Bomb” (Governors Island), “The Unbearable Likeness of Jones” (Dixon Place). Mindy is a company member for the Wildlife Theatre, The Puppet Shakespeare Players and OneBlueCat. Many thanks to The Puppet Kitchen and New York City Children’s Theater for the opportunity to make this book sing! www.mindyleanse.com
Tell us a little bit about where you’re from! I’m from El Paso, TX which is the furthest western tip of that enormous state! El Paso is an interesting place because it borders Mexico and New Mexico. It is a desert mountain region which creates unexpected weather because it can be very hot during the day but at night it will cool down as much as 20 degrees. Also, the elevation is so high in El Paso that athletes from all of the world go to train there! It’s proximity to Mexico makes for a rich and beautiful culture of family, good food, kind people and vibrant art. I am proud to have grown up in such a unique place!
If I could jump into any book… I would love to go to Hogwarts and run around the world of Harry Potter because who doesn’t want to be able to do magic?!
My favorite children’s book is…The BFG because it teaches us that things are not always as they appear and I love Roald Dahl’s many made up words. It ignites my imagination!
Families should see The Little Red Fish… we all have the ability to see and create magic everyday and books help us access this place the best! Also, the imaginative quality of how the world was built will hopefully encourage everyone to go home and use what they have to create a new world.
Three things most people would be surprised to learn about me are:
When I’m not reading on the train I like to do brain games – it’s important to work out those memory muscles!
I was a cheerleader for 6 years.
I love studying, listening to and speaking Spanish.