Leena Makoff learned acting as a teen and young adult in a studio with a spirit of a Russian theatre tradition. She then proceeded to harness her craft by performing in various shows in a touring theatre company in Poland. Since she moved to London in 2017, Leena trained with Gary Condes in Meisner acting technique, at Identity School of Acting, Maktub Theatre Company, and with various screen acting teachers like Faye Beck, Alisdair MacKay, and Christopher Hanvey. Makoff tried completing her MA in Acting at UEL but after the first term (spectacularly marked but utterly bored), she realized the pointlessness of that feat. Her TV credits include The Tuckers for BBC Wales and The Power for Amazon Prime.
She performed in London in various shows at Drayton Arms, Camden People’s, 26 Crowndale Road (former Theatro Technis), Etcetera, and Canal Cafe theatres. She has experience working as a radio station host back in Poland and VO artist here in London. Polish Halloween, a theatre piece based on her play written before moving out, was performed in an OFF-section at Stage Songs Review Festival in Wroclaw, Poland in 2022. In addition to her work as a life model and duty manager at Park Theatre, Leena is a part of 5Go Theatre Co. where she will soon lose her virginity as a theatre director.
Makoff’s trial-and-error way of ‘doing life’ leads her to constantly pivot and keep finding out what doesn’t work in order to improve it. Leena’s current focus is Human Design, the only tool that seems to be working for her in the quest of waking up from the Matrix.