Leo was born in the People's Republic of China. His name is Yu Lei, but usually Yu could be very confuse when called in the English speaking country, so he named himself Leo when he moved to Singapore. As it sounds like how his name should pronounced in the Chinese way Lei Yu.
After graduated with a Diploma in Theatre from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2008, and Joined Singapore American School as a Theatre Engineer, in charge of the 4 theatres with their theatre team.While his was working in SAS, he was also freelence designing various shows for the local theatre companies. In 2012, Leo went back to school and finished his BA in Theatre Arts degree in East 15 Acting School, University of Essex.
In 2013, he packed up again and moved to the States to pursue his MFA in Lighting Design at Kent State University, USA. During the summers, he worked as Master Electrician and Lighting Designer at Porthouse Theatre for three years.
After graduation from KSU in 2016, he joined Santa Fe University of Art and Design as Assistant Technical Director/Design Tech Faculty.