Wendy Leigh is Vice President of Education and Humanities at the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. She holds degrees in both education, from Columbia College in Missouri, and theatre, from the University of South Florida. Leigh taught for seven years in the Hillsborough County School District and taught drama in the Bennington College summer program in Vermont for three summers. She has 20 years experience in professional theatre, including acting, directing, producing and presenting, has opened up two spaces from the ground up (The LOFT Theater and the Off Center, now Shimberg Playhouse) and was instrumental in launching the opening of the Patel Conservatory. She is a certified Florida teacher and a member of the Screen Actors Guild.