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Lesley Powers

“I have a deep need to take care of my characters. It’s not that I don’t want to go down the dark avenues — I want to hold their hands down the dark avenues.” ​ 

- Greta Gerwig

Hi, I’m Lesley Powers, I’m a director and writer based in Los Angeles. Working primarily in the dramedy and horror genres, I tell stories about belonging, through the lens of complicated friendships and romantic relationships.  My stories focus on everyday characters that are inspired by growing up in an Indiana town so small that we had a ‘drive your tractor to school’ day every year. I was a Top 10 competitor for the SheDirected competition helmed by Kate Bosworth. I’ve directed six short films and a ten episode web series that have screened at Oscar Qualifying festivals worldwide, and have worked with talent such as John Michael Higgins and Dot-Marie Jones. 


I'm currently directing the web series - This is a Lot, collaborating with the show’s creator (and childhood friend) to bring a fresh perspective to the “joys” of motherhood.  You can find our episodes here.  Additionally I'm in the final stages of casting for my debut feature film, Besties!, writing a mini-series pilot and my third feature film. 

I'm a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, a member of the Alliance of Women Directors (AWD) where I hold the position of program coordinator on the Rising Director Fellowship, and a proud Mom to my son Luca.

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