AN 11:11 EXPERIENCE (Production Company), founded by Michael Leoni, is a theatre and film production company dedicated to creating projects that promote social change. It was conceived from the idea that theatre and film have the capacity to create connection, encourage compassion, engage and inspire audiences.  Founded in 2004, we focus on developing powerful stories and compelling characters that encourage people to see the world from another point of view.  From powerful documentaries to inspiring narratives and innovative theatre, we are committed to producing work that’s brave, provocative and significant. 

 

An 11:11 Experience’s first Los Angeles based project was the original workshop version of The Playground, a music-infused piece inspired by the lives of homeless kids and teenage runaways, which had 6 successful runs, outstanding reviews and tremendous industry support.  The team went on to produce the LA smash hit, ELEVATOR, a comedic stage play that ran for 10 months to amazing reviews, including “Critic’s Choice” from the LA Times and 11 nominations from Broadway World, including Best New Work.

Current projects include: American Street Kid, a powerful, award-winning, feature-length documentary, that takes us onto the streets and into the real lives of America’s homeless youth, currently available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, GooglePlay;  #WhenTodayEnds, a narrative feature that confronts the tragic reality of teen suicide, scheduled for release in January 2021; and Famous - The Live Experience, a melding of live theatre and narrative filmmaking that delves deep into the behind-closed-doors side of sexual abuse in Hollywood.

 

Additional projects in development include The Neighborhood (stage musical), a cross-generational, musical comedy; St. Mark’s Academy for Boys (television series), a dark coming-of-age story set in one of America’s most exclusive all boys school; The Horror Project (feature film); ) and Woods Hole (feature film) based on a true crime story. For more information contact mkaufer@1111exp.com

 

MICHAEL LEONI (Writer/Director) is a Los Angeles based Writer/Director (originally from New York) with a passion for both theatre and film. He founded the socially conscious production company, An 11:11 Experience that pushes beyond the scope of traditional entertainment, challenges an audience’s beliefs and motivates a movement for positive change in our society.

 

Beginning his professional career in Boston, Leoni directed "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Hair," "Falsettos," and wrote and directed, "Wanted," "City of Dreams," and "Omerta."

 

New York theatre credits include writing and directing "Enigma" and "Deviants;” directing "This Is Our Youth," the Off‐Broadway run of "LOUD," and the New York Fringe Festival run of "Listen, Can you Hear Me Now.”

 

​Los Angeles theatre credits include writing and directing "The Playground," which ran for multiple years and received outstanding reviews; writing and directing the smash-hit play "ELEVATOR," that ran for 10 months and garnered multiple awards including Critics' Pick and Best Bet from the LA Times.

 

Film credits include writing and directing the short films; "Radford Rd.", "Deliver Us," "Spare Some Change," and "Someplace In Between" (an Official Selection in the 2009 LA Shorts Film Festival).

 

Leoni is making his feature film directorial debut with the release of American Street Kid on August 21, 2020. A powerful, festival award-winning, documentary that delves deep into the lives of homeless youth and ultimately plays out more like a narrative film about love, friendship, and the triumph of the human spirit.  

 

Michael just completed his second feature film, #WhenTodayEnds, a narrative feature about teen suicide which is expected to be released in October 2020. 

 

His most recent project, Famous, started as a stage play and had a successful 11 month run in Los Angeles.  It is currently in post-production as a feature film where it uniquely blends the elements of both theatre and film.

 

Michael also wrote the book Dare to be Bad, which is available in bookstores and online at Amazon.com.

 

Currently, he has two films, a TV series and a stage musical in development.

ABOUT

Team

MICHELLE KAUFER (Producer) has been involved with An 11:11 Experience since its inception and is dedicated to the mission of producing media to create positive social change. Her first production with the team was The Playground, a Rock Music-infused piece inspired by the lives of homeless kids, which debuted at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre and The Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles. Backstage West called The Playground “a wake up call for all of us!”

Michelle's most recent television and film credits include producing "Wrench Wars" for MavTV, "Turn and Burn" for the Discovery Channel, "Delta Divers" and "Virgin Galactic" for National Geographic, and producing Deliver Us and Radford Rd for An 11:11 Experience. Most recent film credits include producing the award-winning feature documentary American Street Kid, and the feature film #WhenTodayEnds. Michelle is also a co-founder of Spare Some Change, an on-going campaign and social movement to raise awareness for homeless youth (www.sparesomechange.org).

Most recent stage credits include producing L.A.’s smash hit play, ELEVATOR. Running for almost a year, ELEVATOR got rave reviews, sold-out crowds and it garnered the esteemed L.A. Times’ Best Bet and Critics’ Pick. ELEVATOR earned 11 nominations including Best New Work from Broadway World and won for Best Director and Best Acting in an Ensemble Cast from StageSceneLA. ELEVATOR is currently being financed for an Off-Broadway run. (http://www.elevatortheplay.com)

For more information, please contact mkaufer@1111exp.com

Erica Katzin (Creative Development Executive), grew up as a Los Angeles native and spent her formative years studying theater and majored in Theater Arts and History at Whittier College where she wrote and produced four short films including Signed, Souled & Delivered.

 

​Erica was introduced to An 11:11 Experience when she auditioned for the role of Sera, a drug addicted prostitute, in the stage version of The Playground, a Rock-Drama inspired by the lives of teenage runaways and homeless kids.  Erica immediately connected to the content of the piece and was captivated by the kid’s stories.Experiencing first hand the passion that An 11:11 Experience brings to a project combined with the dedication to creating meaningful art and media, inspired Erica to join the team.

 

In 2008 Erica produced Someplace In Between, a short film about 7 strangers who get stuck in an elevator. The film explores the inner workings of peoples' minds and the judgments we all carry with us. Someplace In Between was, most recently, an official selection of the 2009 LA Shorts Film Festival. In early 2009, Erica produced Deliver Us, a psychological thriller about the mysterious death of a complex and confused young woman.

 

In the summer of 2009 Erica, along with her team at An 11:11 Experience, began shooting a PSA on homeless and street kids in Los Angeles. The project grew into a feature documentary and a movement for social awareness and change. The topic of homeless kids is one that Erica has grown strongly passionate about and she has been humbled and honored to be one of the founding members of Spare Some Change as well as an active producer on the first media project “The American Street Kid”, a documentary on America’s homeless youth. The opportunity Spare Some Change created to meet the kids and hear their stories was invaluable and the most rewarding film experience of her career to date.

Erica Katzin (Creative Development Executive), is a Los Angeles native, and spent her formative years studying theater and majored in Theater Arts and History at Whittier College where she wrote and produced four short films including Signed, Souled & Delivered.

​Erica was introduced to An 11:11 Experience when she auditioned for the role of Sera, a drug addicted prostitute, in the stage version of The Playground, a Rock-Drama inspired by the lives of teenage runaways and homeless kids.  Erica immediately connected to the content of the piece and was captivated by the kid’s stories.Experiencing first hand the passion that An 11:11 Experience brings to a project combined with the dedication to creating meaningful art and media, inspired Erica to join the team.

In 2008 Erica produced Someplace In Between, a short film about 7 strangers who get stuck in an elevator. The film explores the inner workings of peoples' minds and the judgments we all carry with us. Someplace In Between was, most recently, an official selection of the 2009 LA Shorts Film Festival. In early 2009, Erica produced Deliver Us, a psychological thriller about the mysterious death of a complex and confused young woman.

In the summer of 2009 Erica, along with her team at An 11:11 Experience, began shooting a PSA on homeless and street kids in Los Angeles. The project grew into a feature documentary and a movement for social awareness and change. The topic of homeless kids is one that Erica has grown strongly passionate about and she has been humbled and honored to be one of the founding members of Spare Some Change as well as an active producer on the first media project “The American Street Kid”, a documentary on America’s homeless youth.The opportunity Spare Some Change created to meet the kids and hear their stories was invaluable and the most rewarding film experience of her career to date