Marialaura Leslie is an arts administrator with twenty years of experience. Marialaura has worked with cultural institutions in Miami, New York and Puerto Rico, including Miami City Ballet, Coconut Grove Playhouse, City Theater, Jerry Herman Ring Theater, Balleteatro de Nana Hudo and El Museo del Barrio. She served as Deputy Director of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts at Flushing Town Hall in New York City.
Marialaura has served as the Queens Borough Leader for the NYC Cultural Institutions Group Government Affairs Committee and as co-captain for the State of New York during National Arts Advocacy Day 2012 in Washington, D.C. She was a founding member of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Council. In 2008, she was named among the Top 25 Powerful People in the Arts in America (Barry’s Blog) and received the 2005 Miami Emerging Arts Leader Award from the Arts and Business Council of Miami.
Marialaura has served on grants panels for the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Florida State of Division of Cultural Affairs, Queens Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She studied theater and dance at Universidad de Puerto Rico. Marialaura has a BA in Theater Arts Management from the University of Miami and a MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College.