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Victoria Looseleaf is an award-winning arts journalist and one of the most prolific freelancers on the planet. She has been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times (what's left of it), Dance Magazine, Performances Magazine, KCET Artbound, Toronto's Fjord Review, La Opinión (the oldest and largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country--they translated her), Reuters and KUSC-FM radio, among other outlets. Looseleaf also contributes to the New York Times.

Included among the thousands of interviews she has conducted for print, broadcast and electronic media over her career are those with dance luminaries, including Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch, Edward Villella, Angelin Preljocaj, Nacho Duato, Garth Fagan, Dwight Rhoden, Alicia Alonso, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Judith Jamison, Wim Vandekeybus, Diana Vishneva, Matthew Bourne and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. (And just pronouncing some of these names, much less spelling them correctly, is no easy feat!)

In addition to profiling major terpsichorean subjects, Looseleaf has interviewed visual artists, including muralist Kent Twitchell, sculptor Nick Cave, New Yorker cover artist R. Kenton Nelson and painter Jerome Witkin. Profiles with theater and film personalities include actors and directors such as Jane Fonda, Javier Bardem, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Emily Watson, Antonio Banderas, Olympia Dukakis, Martin Sheen, Stephen Adly Guirgis and The Book of Mormon and South Park creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

Cultural arbiter that she is, Looseleaf has deep roots in the operatic world and has interviewed megatenor-turned-baritone Plácido Domingo and tenors José Cura and Rod Gilfry, as well as a host of renowned sopranos including Dawn Upshaw and Ana Maria Martinez.

From 2010-2013, Looseleaf wrote the program notes and broadcast scripts for KUSC-FM and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. For those broadcasts, she interviewed a slew of world-class musicians, including Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Katia and Marielle Labèque and dozens of others. Looseleaf also wrote the broadcast scripts and program notes for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for two seasons.

A major highlight of Looseleaf's career was as producer/creator/host of the long-running late night cable TV show on the arts, The Looseleaf Report, which aired in Los Angeles and New York City for 22 years. Dubbed the Goddess of Cable Access (by the now-defunct Details Magazine), Looseleaf taped more than 400 shows, with Leonardo DiCaprio making his first talk show appearance on The Looseleaf Report. Filmmaker Kenneth Hughes is currently producing a feature-length documentary on the scribe and her erstwhile TV show, VICTORIA LOOSELEAF: LA Provocateur, Cultural Curator & Arts Journalist.

From 2009-2014, Looseleaf was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California, Santa Monica College and Cal State Los Angeles, where she taught the courses, Dance As An Art Form and Historical Approaches To Dance.

In 2006, Looseleaf was the recipient of a special Lester Horton Award, Furthering the Visibility of Dance. Reporting on music, dance and arts festivals around the world, the peripatetic writer's travels have taken her to Berlin, Valencia, Monte Carlo, Aix-en-Provence, Zakopane, Havana, Lyon, Montpellier, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Venice, Athens, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Den Hague, Vienna and Zürich.

In addition, Looseleaf leads pre-concert talks on dance at the Music Center of Los Angeles, including moderating conversations with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago/Second City Chicago, Ballet Preljocaj, Nederlands Dans Theater, Pilobolus, Ballet Hispanico and Mark Morris Dance Group. She also speaks at festivals, locally and abroad, and has served as a judge at the McCallum Theatre's Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, California.

From 2004-2008, Looseleaf was the program annotator for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, introducing audiences to world premieres by eminent composers, including Pulitzer Prize-winner, Steve Reich, Grammy Award-winner, Billy Childs and Don Davis (composer of The Matrix films). She also wrote the program notes for works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Christopher Rouse, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's Tan Dun, to name a few.

From 2006-2008, Looseleaf was also the program annotator for the Geffen Playhouse, interviewing a variety of award-winning playwrights, including Neil LaBute, David Mamet and Princess Leia, herself, Carrie Fisher.

Looseleaf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley, with a minor in Criminology, and a Master's of Fine Arts in the Performance and Literature of the Harp from Mills College. The degree was the first of its kind from the prestigious school and was designed specifically for Looseleaf, who was also coached by Harpo Marx's teacher, the late Mildred Dilling.

As a professional harpist, Looseleaf recorded two albums of solo harp music, Harpnosis and Beyond Harpnosis, both registered trademarks. These recordings were endorsed by medical professionals, including cardiologists and neurologists, superstar athletes, among them, O.J. Simpson (known for its de-stressing qualities, Harpnosis obviously did not work for Simpson), and Oscar-winning actors, including the late Beatrice Straight. In addition, Looseleaf is a songwriter, whose novelty tunes such as I Turned Gay In Acapulco/For A Day in Acapulco, I Gotta Right To Whine the Blues, and Love Is Leonardo, earned her membership in ASCAP.

Looseleaf was a contributing writer to the 2014 anthology, Gen F, and also published a biography of Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo: Up Close and Personal (Ballantine Books). No Ulysses, the latter book landed on Amazon's Top 50 list within a month of its publication and was the subject of "oddball tribute" performances in New York, San Francisco, Cleveland, Buffalo and Los Angeles. The journalist also wrote a book honoring John Mauceri, former conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which was commissioned and published by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, Looseleaf wrote the forward to Gary Leonard's photography book, Symphony in Steel: Walt Disney Concert Hall Goes Up.

Isn't It Rich? A Novella In Verse is Looseleaf's first book of poetry. When she is not in the theater or writing on deadline, Looseleaf is working on a sequel to Isn't It Rich? as well as a fictional memoir, Men and Other Natural Disasters. Looseleaf is also an arts consultant, advising dance troupes, including Jacques Heim's Diavolo | Architecture in Motion, visual artists and performers on their works.

 

 

 

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