-Eric T. Marquart

"Ihree years ago my son approached my wife and I about joining CVDAA. We were unaware of his interest in acting and theater besides his enjoyment of his Canyon class taught by Mr. Hickson also a CVDAA staff member. I asked him why he wanted to join and he told me he really liked acting and a few of his friends were involved in the program.  I told him I had to think about it. I had been involved in sports as a child into my early twenties and this was something new I had to get my arms around. As I thought of my son, I came to the realization that this would probably be a good experience. He had always been shy and soft spoken, yet was quite witty.                                                  "

-parent of CVDAA student

Leah S. Abrams is the co-founding executive director of The Custom Made Theatre Company, located in San Francisco's Union Square.

Directing projects for the company include the SF Bay Area premiere of:

  • Catherine Trieschmann's "How the World Began" (TBA Recommended/SFBATCC Go See Referral),
  • Mark Eisman's "Sightlines" (in NYC),
  • Wendy Kesselman's adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank,"
  • Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple,"
  • Lee Blessing's "Two Rooms,"
  • David Mamet's "Vint,"

She has also directed a dozen Beckett shorts, along with co-direction of David Mamet's "The Water Engine" and Stephen Sondheim's "Putting It Together." Leah also manages the company's NYC monthly reading series. Her upcoming directing project is the world premiere of Gino DiIorio's "Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant," opening in Feb. 2016. She has produced somewhere in the realm of 100 shows, including a few in Boston and NYC, and has worked as a stage manager, general manager, and production manager in several NYC venues.

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