Leilani is a light-skinned woman, who wears a floral headband that holds back her long dark hair, thick framed dark glasses, and a floral shirt. She smiles and sticks her tongue out ever so slightly.

Leilani Ricardo

Program Officer, Theater


Leilani Ricardo joined NEFA in August, 2022, in the role of Program Officer, Theater. In this role, Leilani partners with the team on administering NEFA’s portfolio of theater programs and services including the National Theater Project, managing the program’s community partnerships and supporting its strategic growth, and coordinating with the Communications department.

Prior to joining NEFA, Leilani served as the Director of Education for Urbanity Dance in Boston, MA, where she oversaw implementation of arts programs with Boston Public Schools, Boston Children’s Museum, and other community partners, while managing the Urbanity School. She also served as a Guest Lecturer at the New England Conservatory and has taught both theater and dance to K-12 students throughout Greater Boston. She began her instructional work at Boston Ballet as an Education and Community Initiative lead teacher.

A working artist, Leilani earned her B.A. in Dance, Theater from Dean College and has earned black belts in multiple martial arts styles. Originally from Limerick, ME, she currently resides in Malden, MA.