Lea Kalisch is a Swiss Jewish singer, actor, entertainer and creative producer. Lea makes multi-cultural, multilingual art that brings together music, dance, drama, and comedy, on stage and on screen, always leading with Yiddishkayt (Jewishness). Some know her as the Eshet Chayil of Hip Hop, others as Rebbetzin Lea with her Yiddish comedy skits.
Lea had multiple appearances in the US and Switzerland with her one woman show In love with a dream! Lea released her first solo album of the same name in 2022. She’s performed solo concerts in NYC, Boston, Munich, Zurich and Vienna and has played leading roles in various Off-Broadway productions and regional theaters such as The New Yiddish Rep, The Six Points Theater, National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, HERE Arts Center. Lea is also the 2020 recipient of the Omanut-Zwillenberg prize which awards Swiss Jewish artists.
It is my mission to share the rich Jewish culture with ALL people by creating new, deep and entertaining Jewish content that CLASHES with other cultural traditions. As a Swiss polyglot living in the US for many years, I see myself as a citizen of the world, building bridges across different groups of people connecting Europeans and Americans, Jews and non-Jews.
The stories I tell are rooted in reality. I focus on Judaism, women, sexuality, the female body, the roles of men and women. My work often questions beliefs, religion, identity, sexuality, and dreams.
I will dive into my project Tango- A Prayer For Two, a film and/or a stage play, that brings together Yiddish and Tango. Through music, dance, and dialogue I will tell the incredible, tragic, and true story about Zwi Migdal, a Jewish mafia who brought women from Eastern Europe to brothels in South America. Where do I fit in the story? You will see…