Veteran press agent Leslie Papa has represented over forty productions in her career as a theatrical publicist. Prior to forming Vivacity, Leslie worked as a Senior Account Executive at The Hartman Group (formerly Barlow-Hartman). Her work heading PR campaigns for Broadway, Off-Broadway and National Tour productions includes the Tony-winning musicals Jagged Little Pill, Rock of Ages, American Idiot and Evita (2012 revival); the Tony-nominated musicals On Your Feet!, Bring It On, and Legally Blonde; and the current Drama Desk, OCC & Drama League-winning hit revival of Little Shop of Horrors. Select additional theater credits include Chicken & Biscuits, Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center, Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself, Accidentally Brave, Cruel Intentions, Heathers: The Musical, Slava’s Snowshow, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Ironbound, Disenchanted!, Catch Me If You Can, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Wintuk by Cirque Du Soleil, 13, Cyrano de Bergerac starring Kevin Kline & Jennifer Garner, Company, Movin’ Out, Grease (2007 Revival), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays and Sweeney Todd starring Patti LuPone & Michael Cerveris.
Outside the scope of theatre production PR, Leslie has managed campaigns for television shows & specials, notable performers, philanthropic enterprises and cultural institutions. TV credits include the NBC series “SMASH,” MTV’s Legally Blonde special and reality show “The Search for Elle Woods,” and NBC reality series “Grease: You’re the One That I Want.” A graduate of Columbia University, Leslie began her career at Carol Fineman Publicity, representing the Public Theater as well as various other Off-Broadway productions including the multi-award winning production of The Exonerated, Modern Orthodox and Hank Williams: Lost Highway.
Whitney’s career as a publicist in the theater and music industries spans thirteen years, most of which has been spent alongside Leslie, representing Broadway & Off-Broadway productions including the current and upcoming musicals Jagged Little Pill, Little Shop of Horrors, Once Upon A One More Time, Rock of Ages, and Soul Train. Recent highlights include On Your Feet!, Heathers: The Musical, In & Of Itself, Bring It On, Evita, Cruel Intentions, The Other Josh Cohen, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, SeaWife, and dozens of plays for the Lortel Award-winning WP Theater, such as Martyna Majok’s Ironbound and Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against. Whitney also spearheaded the campaigns for the latest revivals of Romeo & Juliet starring Orlando Bloom & Condola Rashad, A Clockwork Orange, and Jekyll & Hyde.
Before forming Vivacity, Whitney was a press agent at Broadway publicity firm The Hartman Group. Her work prior to that was as a Senior Publicist at Cohn Dutcher Associates, representing performing arts institutions like The New York Pops and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Caramoor International Music Festival, and Chicago’s acclaimed Ravinia Festival. Whitney hails from Connecticut and earned a B.A. in Public Relations from Miami University. When not speed-walking through the theater district, she can usually be found wandering Brooklyn Bridge Park with her dog Penny, loitering in the history section of Barnes & Noble, or leisurely honing her skills as an amateur sommelier.
Macy first fell in love with working in theater while ushering the world premiere of Waitress at the American Repertory Theater in 2015. Since then, she has held a variety of internships and positions in the entertainment industry — including at the A.R.T, CBS Entertainment, DKC/O&M, Broadway Across America, and Broadway Plus — before joining the Vivacity team in 2021. Macy holds a B.S. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a focus in Women’s Studies, from Boston University. One of Macy’s favorite pastimes is taking long drives with her mom and singing songs from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and A Chorus Line at the top of their lungs.
It’s impossible for Maura to pinpoint where exactly her passion for theatre started, as she has been an avid lover of the arts for as long as she can remember, and spent much of her childhood onstage. She is making her lifelong dream of living in New York City a reality and is currently a senior working towards her B.S. in public relations and hospitality management at St. John’s University, where she also serves as chapter president of PRSSA. Maura is thrilled to be returning to the Vivacity team after making her Broadway debut as an intern on Chicken & Biscuits, Jagged Little Pill and POTUS. She is grateful to be kickstarting her career in entertainment PR with the help of such an amazing group of women. In her free time, Maura can usually be found capturing content for her food blog or talking nonstop about whatever piece of media she is consuming at the moment.