ACTRESS. WRITER. PRODUCER.
Bertha Leal is an actress, producer, writer, and director. Born in Cuba, to parents Antonio Leal (a pediatrician) and Berta Gil (a homemaker), Bertha set her heart on acting at the tender age of five when she would perform songs at family gatherings from the Cuban classic, La Bella del Alhambra. She made her Off-Broadway debut in the title role of INTAR Theatre’s production Lucy Loves Me. Leal earned her BFA degree from Florida International University. During that time she starred in various productions, including the solo performance Katharine Hepburn: The Best Man for the Job, which she also wrote and directed. Upon graduation, she was cast in The Alliance Theatre Lab's Sexual Perversity in Chicago (2009), receiving critical acclaim from local newspapers. Along with short-films Danny Boy (2008) and Hard-Bitten (2014), Leal has also written Detours (2010), a full-length play, and Love (Asterisk), an original comedic web series. Bertha currently resides in New York City.