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LUKE LEONARD is an American artist best known for his work as a stage director/designer of experimental theatre and contemporary opera. He is the Founding Co-Artistic Director of Monk Parrots. His stage productions have been described as "taking creditable gambles...outstanding" by The New York Times, “bold and experimental...a clear vision...pure theatrical experience” by nytheatre.com, "visually arresting" by The Austin American-Statesman, and having an "edgy choreographed directorial style" by OperaChaser.  Director-Designer credits include:  The Scottish Opera, a world premiere 80 minute re-imagining of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, adapted and arranged by Peter Stopschinski, David Lang and Mac Wellman’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, Kirk Lynn and Peter Stopschinski's Bum Phillips: All-American Opera, and Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw.  Recent productions include directing Beth Morrison Projects: Next Generation at National Sawdust, The Dinner Party Operas at the Brooklyn Museum, and performing alongside New York stage treasure Deirdre O'Connell in the New York premiere of Gabriel Jason Dean's Terminus at Next Door New York Theatre Workshop.  He is currently writing his next performance work, For a Man Kicked in the Mouth by a Horse Named Bliss, or Promise Play. Luke is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA, Dramatists Guild of America, and he was the 2016 Resident International Stage Director at Gertrude Opera in Australia.  He has taught at The Opera Studio of Melbourne, Long Island University-Post, CUNY's Macaulay Honors Program, and The University of Texas at Austin.  Awards include a 2016 OperaChaser Melbourne Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (The Scottish Opera) and a 2015 OperaChaser Melbourne Award for Outstanding Stage Director (The Difficulty of Crossing a Field).  Luke Leonard/Monk Parrots are recipients of two LMCC Swing Space Artist Residencies and have received support from Creative Engagement, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, HatchFund, USA Projects, Tides Foundation, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.  Luke holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

 Photo by Maria Baranova

Photo by Maria Baranova