Leona Heyward Hull is a Bronx native and graduate of Lehman College where she studied Theatre Arts and Dance under the professional guidance of Professor Joan Miller. Starting at the age of six, Ms. Hull began her dance training at “Carol’s Dance Studio” on Westchester Ave. She then went on to study with such luminaries as Thelma Hill (Horton technique); Lavinia Williams (Dunham technique); Mercedes Baptists (Afro-Brazilian); Polly Rogers (Afro-Cuban); Jean-Leon Destine’ (Haitian dance styles) and Ladji Camara (West African Style). She received dance scholarships to The New Dance Group-Dance Studios; Diane McIntyre’s ‘Sounds in Motion’ Dance Company and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Her Theatre Arts experience with Woody Kings “New Federal Theatre,” as a dancer, Leona as a member performed with The Chuck Davis Dance Company as well as the ‘Sounds in Motion’ Dance Company. Some of Ms. Hull’s professional credentials include film roles in: “Striking Back” and “The Believer.” She produced a production of the play “Not by the Hair of My Chinny-Chin-Chin” at the Bronx Museum.
As a director / choreographer her work experiences include: “Black Dance In American” (the Billie Holiday Theatre); “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” (Theatre for the Forgotten), “Hip-Hop Story”(a Black History Month/ project-NYCHA); “Wedding Bell Blues” (A Senior Love Story); “The Lesson”, “Reunion” (F.I.T. Performing Arts Center and the AKA’s “Rite of Passage” (a young women’s mentoring program) "A Praise Song In Dance"- Seven Historical Black Women- Choreographer/Director, A Twisted Christmas Carol/Director and the Neighbors/Director.
Ms. Hull was the founder and Artistic Director of the ‘New Roots Dance Ensemble’ and was awarded grants through the New Muse Community Museum as well as the New York State Council on the Arts. She has also received funding from the Bronx Council on the Arts and the “2010 Lifetime Arts Grants from the Helen Andrus Benedict grant for “Theatre Arts,” 2013 & 2015 BAC’S SPARC grant, 2015 Fund Grantee for “Historical Women” and two original plays register with The Writers Guild of America.
Leona Heyward Hull is an accomplished performing arts instructor with 40 years of teaching experience in Theatre and Dance, which makes her a diverse Artist.