Jay & Leslie Laughing Matters

Jay and Leslie Cady have been full-time performing artists since 1980.  They have given over 6000 performances in 34 states and seven countries including shows at the National Theater of Guatemala and at U.S. military bases overseas.  They have trained extensively in circus and vaudeville arts, and in 1984 they studied with legendary mime Marcel Marceau.  Jay and Leslie have twice been nominated for "Best Original Work" by the Kansas City Theater Awards.

When Jay and Leslie became parents in 1988 their already considerable interest in education was heightened.  As PTA Cultural Arts Chairpersons at their daughters' school they saw the need for school programs that reinforce curriculum.  In their assemblies and workshops Jay and Leslie use theatrical skills and humor to teach math, reading, science, civics, and more.  In 2010 Kansas City Young Audiences awarded them the Lighton Prize for Excellence as Teaching Artists and designated them Master Teaching Artists.
Videos of these artists online:
Why 13 is a lucky number (from Sum of our Favorite Numbers)
Laughing Matters

Programs offered at your school:
All Hands on Math
How Freedom Works
Juggling the Earth's Resources
Juggling Workshop
Letters, Numbers, Shapes, and Colors
Making Board Games Workshop
One, Two, Learning with You
Professor I Drop, the Juggling Scientist
Read it Right Now
Sum of Our Favorite Numbers
You Don't Say: A Mime Workshop

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  • "The work these men (Recipe Poetry Guild) do with my students is amazing I am continually surprised that my traditionally mute students spark up and open up in these workshops. Also, I want to say that could see these gentlemen as visting artists in residence in the KCMO school district. They are so constructive and positive."    KC Public Schools Teacher

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