Guest Teacher - Musical Theatre
Leonard is a Detroit native and attended Western Michigan University as a Musical Theatre Performance Major. He now resides in New York City, where he works as a performer, choreographer and director. As a performer he has toured the US and Canada with the first national tours of Hairspray, the musical, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winners Jack O’Brien and Jerry Mitchel and Disney’s High School directed by Tony winner Jeff Calhoun. He also performed as Richie in A Chorus Line and Victor in Smokey Joes Café on the European Tours of both shows. He most recently was seen in the Milwaukee Rep’s, Dreamgirls and the Maltz Jupiter’s The Wiz, serving as assistant choreographer and dance captain. Other prominent theatres of note are Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Barrington Stage, Atlanta Theater of the Stars, Stage St. Louis, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Barrington Stage and many more. In New York City, Leonard directed and choreographed an original review called Dual Belters starring Jersey Boys star Courter Simmons. In Michigan he's directed and choreographed shows at the University Liggett School, York Theatre, and Gull Lake Café. He also performed in Rags, Godspell, Company at the Kalamazoo Civic. Leonard was also Barnie ‘99 and worked at Cherry County Playhouse ’01. He’s taught theater and dance workshop all across the United States.