leah joki 160x200 Leah Joki is an actor, writer and director. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Montana in 1980 and was the first person from the state of Montana to be accepted to the Juilliard School's Drama Program. Before she was smitten by prison- theater she worked as an actor in New York and Los Angeles. Under the auspices of Arts in Corrections she taught and/or performed in almost every state prison in California. She devoted the majority of her life to prison theater in California and became the only female Artist Facilitator in a men's maximum-security prison. Her arts program was profiled in The Los Angeles Times, American Theatre Magazine and The LA Weekly.

In 2013 she received an M.F.A. in acting from the University of Montana and published her memoir, JUILLIARD TO JAIL, about her career in prison that spanned over eighteen years. (Available on Amazon.com) The film rights to her memoir JUILLIARD TO JAIL have been optioned to True Blood and Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello and his production company 359inc.

Leah's writing credits also include the one-woman show HAIRBALL (The demystification of how one's life turns to crap!), the plays Sheets, Geezer's Cabin, The Big Picture and The Year of Baldwin. She has had articles published in SOUTHSOUND LIFESTYLES and is currently working on her second novel, The Avon Café (A menopausal white woman's search for true love in the wild, wild West!). She is a native of Montana and now lives there again.