EDUCATION:

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS at AUSTIN, Department of Theatre & Dance
• Master of Fine Arts in Directing, 2010
• GPA 3.97

BROOKLYN COLLEGE, City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY
• Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, 1998
• Magna Cum Laude

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY, Huntsville, TX
• Theatre Arts Major, 1993-1995

EXPERIENCE:

DIRECTING

Recent Productions

THE SCOTTISH OPERA (WORLD PREMIERE)
Peter Stopschinski's treatment of Giuseppe Verdi's "Macbeth"
• Stage Director, Production Designer
2016  Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival, Victoria, Australia

WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA (WORLD PREMIERE)
• Playwright, Director, Production Designer
• Collaboration with Monk Parrots, writer Katie Pearl, and composer Peter Stopschinski
2015  59E59 Theaters, New York

BUM PHILLIPS: ALL-AMERICAN OPERA (TEXAS PREMIERE)
• Concept, Director, Production Designer
2015  The Stafford Centre, Stafford, Texas

THE DIFFICULTY OF CROSSING A FIELD (AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE)
• Stage Director, Production Designer
2015  Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival, Victoria, Australia

Past Productions

BUM PHILLIPS: ALL-AMERICAN OPERA (WORLD PREMIERE)
Collaboration with librettist Kirk Lynn and composer Peter Stopschinski
• Concept, Director, Production Designer
2014  World Premiere, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York, New York

AFTER AN EARLIER INCIDENT: A Dyschronic Romeo & Juliet
• Concept, Director, Production Designer, Producer
• Collaboration with Monk Parrots and playwright David Todd
2013  La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, New York, New York

BUM PHILLIPS, Workshop Performance: Act I
• Director, Production Designer
2013  Long Island University, Post Campus, Brookville, New York

THE TURN OF THE SCREW
Stage Director, Production Designer, Produced by Opera Moderne
2012  Symphony Space, New York, New York

HERE I GO
• Concept, Production Designer, Director
Collaboration with Monk Parrots and playwright David Todd
2012  La MaMa Spoleto Open, Spoleto, Italy
2012  59E59 Theaters, Studio C, New York, New York

L'INDIANO VUOLE IL BRONX (ITALIAN PREMIERE)
• Director, Production Designer
• Written by Israel Horovitz, Translated by Andrea Paciotto
2011 Teatro Elfo Puccini, Milano, Italy
2011 Umbertide, Italy
2010 Perugia, Italy
2010 Trevi, Italy
2010 Nocera Umbria, Italy
2009 Premiered at Teatrino delle Sei, Spoleto, Italy 

THE ART OF DEPICTING NATURE AS IT IS SEEN BY TOADS
• Concept, Director, Production Designer, Performer
Collaboration with Monk Parrots
2011  Dixon Place, New York
2010 Lab Theater, Austin, Texas

GAY RODEO BY-LAWS (GRBL)
 Playwright, Director, Production Designer
In collaboration with Monk Parrots
2011  Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Artist Residency, 14 Wall St., New York

THE DIFFICULTY OF CROSSING A FIELD (TEXAS PREMIERE)
• Stage Director, Production Designer
• Opera by Pulitzer Prizewinning composer David Lang and Obie Award-winning playwright Mac Wellman
Nominated for eight 2010 Austin Critics' Table Awards including "Best Opera"
2010 The B. Iden Payne Theatre, Austin, Texas

I LIKE THINGS THAT ARE REALLY SOMETHING ELSE, FOR REAL
• Museum-theater piece for Austin Museum Day
2008  The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas

OUR LADY OF 121st STREET
• Director, Production Designer
2008  Lab Theater, Austin, Texas

WHY KOREANS DON’T HUG
• Director, Production Designer
2008  Lab Theater, Austin, Texas

BEAT VOICES
• In conjunction with the exhibition ON THE ROAD WITH THE BEATS
2008  The Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas

BAD PENNY
• Director, Production Designer
2008  The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
2007  The University of Texas at Austin, Texas

PITCHED
• 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival
• Director, Production Designer
2006  Actors’ Playhouse, New York, New York

HEAD/LINE
• Concept, Director, Production Designer, Performer
2004  BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, New York

THE CRAZY PLAYS
• Revised script for BRIC by Jeffrey M. Jones
• Director, Production Designer
2003  BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, New York

PERFORMANCE RECORD #1
Playwright, Director, Production Designer
2007  Makor, New York, New York
2003  BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, New York

EVIL-IN-PROGRESS
Playwright, Director, Production Designer
2003  Little Theatre @ Tonic, New York, New York
2003  BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, New York

WONDER/PLAY
Playwright, Director, Production Designer
2003  BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, New York

50FT OF FILM
Writer, Director, Production Designer, Performer
2002  BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, New York

MISTER ORIGINAL BUGG
• World Premiere Short Play By Mac Wellman
Director, Production Designer
2002  BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, New York

THE WAR IN HEAVEN
• Adapted for the stage, Director, Production Designer, Performer
2002  BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, New York

DISPOSABLE PLAYS (one-acts)
Playwright, Director, Production Designer
2001  DUMBO Theater eXchange, Brooklyn, New York

UNTITLED, 1985
• The Fourth annual d.u.m.b.o. art under the bridge Festival
Playwright, Director, Production Designer
2001  DUMBO Theater eXchange, Brooklyn, New York

BONY AND POOT
Playwright, Director, Production Designer
2000  DUMBO Theater eXchange, Brooklyn, New York

NIL TO NIGH
• Playwright, Director, Production Designer, Performer
• Collaboration with Yukihiro Nishiyama
1998  d.u.m.b.o. arts center (dac), Brooklyn, New York

INSIDE THE STATE HOSPITAL
• Playwright, Director, Production Designer
• Premiered in an evening called “Hours of Danger”
1997  Theater for the New City, New York, New York

CONCERT STAGING

2011   THE SECRET AGENT, Merkin Concert Hall, New York

ASSISTANT TO DIRECTOR

2011   THE SECRET AGENT By Michael Dellaira and J.D. McClatchy, The Kaye Playhouse (New York) 
• Directed by Sam Helfrich

2009   SHAKESPEARE'S SONETTE, Berliner Ensemble (Berlin)
• Directed and Designed by Robert Wilson, Music by Rufus Wainwright

2007   ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD, Oscar G. Brockett Theatre (Austin)
• Directed by Laura Kepley, Written by George Brant

1998   WHITE NIGHTS, La Mama, E.T.C. (New York)
• Directed and Adapted by Andrea Paciotto

ACTING *available upon request

OTHER EXPERIENCE:

FILM/VIDEO (screenings are in italics)

WHITE FLAGS (2010)
• Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Music video for The Smoking Flowers

ANTIQUATED PLAY (2007)
• Writer, Director, Editor, Performer
2007 NYC Premiere, Throckmorton Fine Art, New York, NY

URCHIN (released by Vanguard Cinema 2007)
• A feature film by John Harlacher, produced by 2 Cities Productions
• Director of Photography
2007 Rapture Cafe, New York, NY
2007 NYC Premiere, Red Room Theatre, New York, NY

THINGS THAT AREN’T EVEN THERE (2004)
• Director, Director of Photography, Editor
• Music video for Pale Blue Dot

TO HAVE THE SUNSHINE (2004)
• Director, Director of Photography, Editor
• Music video for Justin Collins

NO-ACCOUNT FILM (1999)
• Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
2004 Flicker Festival, The Knitting Factory, New York, NY
2000 DUMBO Theater eXchange, Brooklyn, NY

UNEMPLOYED IN NYC: PORTRAITS FOR YUKIHIRO NISHIYAMA (1998)
• Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Performer, Editor
2002 BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, NY
2000 DUMBO Theater eXchange, Brooklyn, NY

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2010    "GRBL, February 2010." Short video from extended project, “Gay Rodeo By-Laws.” Exhibited at Rossobastardo Live 2010 during Festival dei Due Mondi/Spoleto Festival 53.

2010    "Everything Means Nothing." Short video. Exhibited at Rossobastardo Live 2010 during Festival dei Due Mondi/Spoleto Festival 53.

2009    "The Time It Takes." Installation. Part of the Downtown Austin Alliance “Holiday Stroll." Congress Ave., Austin, TX

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2010   THE ART OF DEPICTING NATURE AS IT IS SEEN BY TOADS, The Lab Theatre, Austin, TX

SELECTED GROUP PERFORMANCES

2008    "Big Time," Okay Mountain, Austin, TX

NOT-FOR-PROFIT

2009-2010 SEASON SELECTION COMMITTEE, The University of Texas at Austin
Committee Member, Graduate Student Body Representative

MONK PARROTS, Inc., New York, NY - 2007 – Present
Founder/Producing Artistic Director

BROOKLYN INFORMATION & CULTURE, BRIC STUDIO - 2001 – 2004
Creator and Curator
• Created and curated and monthly performing arts series called “Theater Nexus” that promoted the work of emerging and established playwrights, directors, actors, artists, musicians, and designers.
• Responsible for reading artist submissions, selecting talent, negotiating artist fees, assembling and proof-reading artist biographies, and event planning.

DUMBO THEATRE EXCHANGE (DTX), Inc. - 2000 – 2007
Founder/Executive Director
• Incorporated the company as a 501(c) 3.
• Implemented and maintained a mission statement that supported emerging theatre artists and the development of cultural activities in the DUMBO, Brooklyn neighborhood.
• Responsible for season planning, marketing, ticketing, rentals, maintenance, and rehearsal and performance bookings for resident companies.

DUMBO ARTS CENTER (DAC) - 1999, 2000, 2001
Theatre Arts Coordinator
• Solicited submissions for the annual d.u.m.b.o. art under the bridge Festival.
• Selected festival participants.
• Compiled all artist bios, proofread, and produced content for festival program.
• Scheduled rehearsal and performance dates.
• Supplied technical assistance to all artists and companies as needed.
• Promoted festival events through email blasts and press invitations.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING:

ACTING
• Viewpoints, The SITI Company, New Dance Group, New York, NY
Instructors: Akiko Aizawa, J. Ed Araiza, Ellen Lauren, Tom Nelis, Barney O’Hanlon
• Joseph Chaikin Master Class, La MaMa La Galleria, New York, NY

DIRECTING
• Master Class in Composition with Anne Bogart, New York, NY
• Joseph Chaikin Master Class, Westbeth Theatre Center, NY

PERFORMANCE ART
• Advanced Performance Art, Professor Michael Smith, Univ. of TX at Austin

INSTALLATION/SCULPTURE
• Installation/Sculpture, Professor Margo Sawyer, Univ. of TX at Austin

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

The Opera Studio of Melbourne, Australia
Resident International Stage Director, April 2016 – September 2016
ORCHESTRATING ACTION
·  Advanced movement and acting intensive for opera singers.  Designed to develop stage presence through physical training that enhance awareness of time and space.  The workshops explore Viewpoints, Ideokinetics, text analysis, physical actions, and devising physical scores for music that culminate in a staged presentation of selected arias.

Long Island University, Post Campus
Adjunct Associate Professor, Fall 2013 – Spring 2015
Department of Theatre, Film, Dance, and Arts Management: Undergraduate Course
·  THE 1 – The Art of Theatre. A practical introduction to theater and performance through exercises and scene study.  Creation and performance of theater pieces in a workshop format. Develop skills for script analysis, physical actions, improvisation, given circumstances, and collaboration; foster a deeper appreciation for the acting craft; and explore ways in which acting can be applied, or inform life beyond the stage.

Long Island University, Post Campus
Guest Director, January-February 2013
BUM PHILLIPS ALL-AMERICAN OPERA, Workshop Performance: Act I
·  Directed 12 theatre majors in new musical-play production presented Feb. 8-10, 2013 at the Little Theater Mainstage.  Introduced students to staging methods derived from Viewpoints training and formal theatre.  Incorporated student-generated staging informed by Suzuki classes at LIU Post.  Collaborated as production designer with LIU faculty and staff.  Produced subsequent performing opportunities for students at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and Dixon Place in New York City.

MACAULAY HONORS PROGRAM, City University of New York
Instructor - August 25, 2010
Workshop in Ensemble Collaboration and Production
• Introduction to acting, theatre, and ensemble collaboration for non-majors.  Develop an understanding and appreciation for the acting craft and the rudiments that can be applied to other collaborative situations.

THE UNIVERISTY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Instructor - Spring 2009; Fall 2009; Spring 2010
Department of Theatre & Dance: Undergraduate Course
• TD 303 – Fundamentals of Acting. Developing a respect for acting, skills for script analysis, playing an action, and an awareness of time and space. Exercises derived from Meisner and Viewpoints techniques.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Teaching Assistant - Fall 2008
Department of Theatre & Dance: Undergraduate Courses Assisted
• TD 351T – Acting for the Camera. Developing the actor’s sense of awareness to his/her “actor type,” fostering a deeply personal acting style for the camera, and learning about the actor-director relationship by collaborating with film students in the creation of dogma-style films.
• TD 313E – Acting III. Based on Sanford Meisner’s premise that, “Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances,” students are introduced to the Meisner technique to help them personalize their association with text, circumstances, and action.

PUBLICATIONS:

Leonard, Luke Landric. “Directing The Difficulty of Crossing a Field: A Symbolic and Corporeal Approach.” MFA Thesis. The University of Texas at Austin. University of Texas Digital Repository. 17 Nov. 2010 http://catalog.lib.utexas.edu/search/X?SEARCH=luke+leonard

Leonard, Luke. “On With The Mission (DTX).” Producing Your Own Showcase. By Paul Harris. Ed. Nicole Potter. New York: Allworth Press, 2001.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Bechtel, Mark. “Bum Rush: The Fat Lady Sings About an Oilers Icon.” Sports Illustrated 5 October 2015: 12.

Beck, Burt and Tamara. “What’s in a Name?” Rev. of Here I Go, dir. Luke Leonard. 59E59 Theaters. T and B On the Aisle – A Theatre Diary. 30 May 2012. 12 June 2012 http://tbontheaisleatheaterdiary.blogspot.com/2012/05/whats-in-name-here-i-go-and-lonely-im.html

Chandler, Adam. “Bum Phillips Inspires an Opera.” Texas Monthly 30 March 2014. http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/bum-phillips-inspires-opera

Esquer, Nick. “Bum’s The Word: It Ain’t Over Till the Fat Man Spits.” Houstonia September 2015: 40.

Hinojosa, Richard. “Pitched.” Rev. of Pitched, dir. Luke Leonard. Actors’ Playhouse. NYTheatre.com 11 Aug. 2006. 29 Nov. 2008 http://www.nytheatre.com/Review/richard-hinojosa-2006-8-11-pitched

Jacobs, Leonard. “DUMBO Stages Flying Under Manhattan Bridge.” Backstage 25-31 January 2002: 3.

Loney, Glenn. “Avant Garde in the Vaults at 14 Wall Street.” Rev. of GRBL, dir. Luke Leonard. 14 Wall Street. http://www.nytheatre-wire.com/lt11064t.html
 
Marcos, Charlie. “Here I Go.” Rev. of Here I Go, dir. Luke Leonard. 59E59 Theaters. Arterynyc.com 4 June 2012. http://www.arterynyc.com/2012/06/here-i-go/

Miller, Alan. “Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Rev. of Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, dir. Luke Leonard. 59E59 Theaters. Aseatontheaisle.blogspot.com 12 October 2015. http://aseatontheaisle.blogspot.com/2015/10/welcome-to-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia-at.html

Oestreich, James. “It Ain’t Over Till the Fat Man Spits.” Rev. of Bum Phillips, dir. Luke Leonard. La MaMa. New York Times 21 March 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/arts/music/opera-celebrates-bum-phillips-who-led-the-houston-oilers.html

Plant, Simon. "Toast to Cutting-Edge Opera." The Herald Sun 7 October 2015, Arts & Entertainment http://www.pressreader.com/australia/herald-sun/20151007/282836484903733/TextView

Roberts, David. “Here I Go.” Rev. of Here I Go, dir. Luke Leonard. 59E59 Theaters. Theatre Reviews Limited 25 May 2012. http://theatrereviews.ceoexpress.com/viewpage.asp?tabid=253&messageid=3520

Selar, Paul. "Opera Review: Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival." Rev. of The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, dir. Luke Leonard. The Herald Sun 12 October 2015 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts/opera-review-nagambie-lakes-opera-festival/news-story/5e19d728efea4fb9a919cdcde05e9ddd

Shaw, Helen. “Best of the Fringe 2003.” Rev. of Birdland, perf. Luke Leonard. The Linhart Theatre. The New York Sun 15 Aug. 2003, Arts & Letters sec.: 12.

Silverman, Robert. “Inside the Bum Phillips Opera (Yes, There is a Bum Phillips Opera).” Deadspin 19 March 2014. 17 http://deadspin.com/inside-the-bum-phillips-opera-yes-there-is-a-bum-phi-1547379732

Simmons, Paulanne. “New Ideas.” The Brooklyn Papers/GO Brooklyn 24 Mar. 2003, Vol. 26, No. 12 ed.: 5.

Simmons, Paulanne. “Odd Couple: DUMBO Theater Showcases new talent in Bony and Poot.” The Brooklyn Papers/GO Brooklyn 20 Nov. 2000, Vol. 23, No. 46.

Smith, Steve. “Gothic Tale Scored in Twists and Turns.” Rev. of The Turn of the Screw, dir. Luke Leonard. Symphony Space. The New York Times 29 May 2012, New York ed: C6. 12 June 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/arts/music/the-turn-of-the-screw-by-opera-moderne-at-symphony-space.html

Tanier, Mike. “A Night at the Bum Phillips Opera.” Sports on Earth, USA Today Sports 14 March 2014. 17 August 2014 http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/69231956/

Winter, Gary. “Experimental Theater Grows in Brooklyn.” The Brooklyn Rail Winter 2003: 52.

AWARDS: LUKE LEONARD/MONK PARROTS

2016               Opera Chaser Award - Outstanding Lighting Design, "The Scottish Opera"
2015               Opera Chaser Award - Outstanding Director, "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field"
2015               Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant
2014               Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant
2013               Hatchfund Grant
2012               Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
2012               USA Projects Grant

Residencies
2013              The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Swing Space Artist Residency
2011               The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Swing Space Artist Residency

Observership
2007              Steven Dietz directing Murderers by Jeffrey Hatcher at Seattle Repertory Theatre

The University of Texas at Austin
2009-10         Jack G. Taylor Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Fine Arts
2009              ZT Scott Travel Grant
2008              Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professorship Travel Grant
2008-09        Jack G. Taylor Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Fine Arts
2008-09         Morton Brown, Nellie Lea Brown, and Minelma Brown Lockwood Scholarship Fund in Drama
2008              The University Co-Op Cohen New Works Research and Development Grant
2007-08         Francis Hodge Endowed Award
2007-08         Georgia B. Lucas Foundation Fund

Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
1997               Joseph Davidson Scholarship

Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
1995               Mel Silverman Scholarship
1993               Mel Silverman Scholarship

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member
Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto
Dramatists Guild Associate Member
Monk Parrots, Inc.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA)

COLLECTIONS:
Throckmorton Fine Art
Erin Phillips
Brian Lowy and Karen Ilardi-Lowy
Jack and Kathryn Lynn
Iliana and Mark Seife
Harriet Taub