Leslie Kolins Small’s New York theatre and dance background as an actress, producer, and director has served the various roles she's been able to play in her diverse career. She recently directed 3 episodes of Tracy Oliver's "First Wives Club’’ filmed in Atlanta, where she also completed Will Packer's production of "Bigger," both series for BET+. Also during these unprecedented COVID-times, she directed episodes of Netflix’s new music comedy ‘Country Comfort’ starring Katharine McPhee. Recently, Leslie was invited back to direct in the ninth and final season of Fox’s ‘Last Man Standing’ with Tim Allen. No stranger to Vancouver, Leslie has filmed multiple blocks of Disney's SPFX/VFX driven ‘Gabby Duran and the Unsittables.’
Other directing credits include: Reba, Girlfriends, All of Us, Titus, What I like About You, Abby and Disney’s hit drama Andi Mack. Leslie’s classical training as a repertory actress and director informs her thoughtful work with actors and skilled approach to content, whether drama or comedy. Her love of story telling is equally served in multi or single cam, or long form such as her TV Movie, the action/sleuth "Bixler High Private Eye" starring Jace Norman, Ariel Martin, and Ed Begley, Jr.
Her work as an Executive Producer recently earned her an Emmy Nomination for CBS's "The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special" which garnered over 17 million viewers. And while President of George Lopez's company she developed, sold and produced multiple projects including one of Stan Lee’s last developments, “Rage!” as well as producing the award winning feature “Spare Parts” for LionsGate with George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Earlier in her career, as Vice President of Alternative Comedy and Late Night at FOX Network, she discovered and developed Seth MacFarlane's "Family Guy," as well as other seminal series such as late night's "MADtv" that ran for 14 seasons. But, it was her work at MTV Networks in NY and LA, that shaped her dexterity in developing, producing, and directing which were just a swap of the hat. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her writer husband and canine crew.