Leslie Bielanski is doing what she loves. Local theaters are loving her back.
Bielanski fills the pages of theater programs, or playbills, with local advertising. She gets businesses to pay for space on the pages of those playbills, which are seen by throngs of theatergoers in Louisa and elsewhere across Central Virginia.
To hear her tell it, her company is rocking and rolling. Bielanski has made money for local theaters, and has forged a partnership between business and the arts. If that wasn’t enough, a portion of the money she makes is put back into local theaters.
Her at-home business, No Worries Events, which is based out of Louisa, also doubles as a not-for-profit party planner. She has organized benefits that raised money for everything from the Arthritis Foundation to the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.
The Long Island, N.Y. native watched future Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman portray Anne Frank on stage. She was awed the first time she saw “Les Miserables.” It remains her favorite musical.
New York was where her love of the theater was cultivated. It didn’t leave her after she moved to rural Virginia.
She and her husband, Brian, moved to Louisa to be closer to family. They have a 7-year-old daughter.
Bielanski’s husband handles the accounting side of the business. She takes care of the legwork.
To read the entire story, see the Dec. 27 edition of The Central Virginian.