Leslie Lester was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She first joined Soulpepper Theatre Company in 2001. Leslie's background includes producing over 15 multi-media works for VideoCabaret (1991-98) and interdisciplinary performance pieces for Froth Productions. As Producer for Nightwood Theatre (1994-2001), she guided the creation of over a dozen productions including the world premieres of Anything That Moves by Ann-Marie MacDonald (Dora Award for Outstanding Production) and Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears (Dora Award for Outstanding Production).
In 2000, Leslie produced the world premiere and national tour of Beatrice Chancy: The Opera for The Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company. She also produced the PEN Canada Benefit at the Princess of Wales Theatre in 1995 and 1996 and has participated in the peer jury process at the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. She recently served on the Community Advisory Committee (2009-2011) for the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre, which opened in fall 2012.
In 2012 Leslie received the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for performing arts administrators from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. In 2016 she joined Kim’s Convenience (CBC TV) as an Executive Producer.