Lucas Leyva was born and raised in Miami, FL went to New World School of the Arts High (05) and recently graduated from Fordham University (08). Twenty of his short plays have been seen in seven states and one has been a Heidenman Finalist. Recently the Miami New Times called his play 'The Wereloaves of Brickell Ave.' “ridiculous and innocent and beautiful… the funniest 15 minutes of theater I've ever seen.” He is published by Playscripts inc. and in 2006, October 4th was declared a holiday by the Mayor of Miami in honor of Lucas and six other teens featured on the cover of Selecciones Magazine as "Seven teens who are changing the world."
As the founder of the Borscht Film Festival, which the Miami Herald called “Miami’s alt culture summit,” Lucas has been directly involved in the creation of dozens of short films in almost every facet. In 2009 Lucas contributed his poetry to a collection of “Hialeah Haikus,” published by Editorial Ultramar and was named one of "33 Emerging Creative Minds" by SoFi Magazine.
In 2010 he directed the avant-garde musical "Mrs. Ms" as part of the Here and Now Festival at the Arsht Center in Miami, FL and directed the short film titled "Day N Night Out" by acclaimed playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, which will have its world premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival this May. His PSA "500 Feet and Rising" won 2nd prize in the Mofilm Competition at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.