Leese Walker is an interdisciplinary performance artist, director, producer and teaching artist. She is the founder and artistic director of NYC's Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble. She established the company in 1997 to create politically charged original works that blur the lines between jazz, theater and modern dance. Leese figures strongly in the history of soundpainting. She was the first actress to be soundpainted and was instrumental in helping inventor Walter Thompson to adapt the soundpainting language for theater. Leese has soundpainted at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Airlines Theater, the Irondale Center and internationally.