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.