Lenny Leibowitz

Lenny Leibowitz is the founding artistic director of Marvell Repertory Theatre (Drama Desk Award nominee for Lenny’s production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA). Recently, Lenny joined the faculty of Otterbein University’s B.F.A. program. As the former artistic director of New Harmony Theatre and as a freelance director in New York, Boston, DC, and Seattle, Lenny has firmly established himself as a director who helps actors “unlock” their best performances in a supportive, encouraging, positive environment. As a professor in the acting programs at Boston University and University of Southern Indiana, Lenny
developed his own teaching method that focuses on clear, compelling storytelling; active, imaginative choices; and integration of body, breath, and thought. Based on years of experience as a director, teacher, musical director, actor, and coach, Lenny offers specific, practical guidance to today’s working actor in a variety of classes, workshops, and private coaching. And as a long-time musical director, conductor, and audition pianist, Lenny’s audition prep services also include helping singers learn new music and recording the piano accompaniment.

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“Work with Lenny if you get the chance. He’ll give you the courage to tackle everything from Strindberg to Shakespeare to Sondheim, no matter your experience level, and he’ll make you forget why you ever thought you might not be able to do it in the first place.”

Lenny Leibowitz is a veteran director with years of experience directing highly regarded productions Off-Broadway and at the nation’s finest regional theatres. He founded Marvell Rep, New York’s only company devoted exclusively to producing new and enduring works in rotating repertory, in 2010 and continues to serve as its artistic director. Before that, he was the artistic director of New Harmony Theatre, a LORT-D company in Indiana.

Photo of Lenny Leibowitz in rehearsalLenny is also an actor, musician, playwright, and master teacher and coach. As a teacher, Lenny has worked with actors and students of all ages and experience levels. He was a beloved member of the faculty at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts (2004 – 2006) and University of Southern Indiana (2006 – 2010), and has also taught young actors and musicians at Stage Door Manor, Camp Farwell, Boston University Summer Theatre Institute, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. Lenny has directed and coached stars of Broadway, television, and film, including Dane DeHaan, Jean Louisa Kelly, Joy Franz, Lorraine Serabian, Chris Kipiniak, Ken Tigar, Erin Stewart, Rita Harvey, Evgeniya Radilova, and Susan Derry, among many others.

For Marvell Rep, Lenny has directed the New York premiere of Arthur Schnitzler’s long-banned master work, PROFESSOR BERNHARDI; his own adaptation of Schnitzler’s novella, NIGHT GAMES, based on the translation by Margaret Schaefer; Wedekind’s SPRING’S AWAKENING, performed for the first time with an age-appropriate cast; Sophocles’ ANTIGONE; Schnitzler’s FLIRTATION; Lorca’s BLOOD WEDDING; Ansky’s THE DYBBUK; Synge’s IN THE SHADOW OF THE GLEN; Bergman’s NORA; Asch’s GOD OF VENGEANCE; and the Drama Desk Award-nominated production of THE THREEPENNY OPERA. Other New York credits include the world premiere of MAKING TRACKS, which workshopped at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre and ran Off-Broadway at Rockefeller Center’s Taipei Theater. Lenny has directed at some of the nation’s leading regional and Off-Broadway theatres, including the Olney Theatre, the National Players, and New Harmony Theatre, where he directed AMADEUS, OTHELLO, THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, MY FAIR LADY, MARY STUART, HAMLET, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE CRUCIBLE, and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, among others. Additional regional theatre credits include the Huntington Theatre’s Breaking Ground Festival (Boston), and Seattle’s Intiman Theatre.

Photo of Lenny LeibowitzAs an actor, Lenny has recently played Claudius, Vanya, and Dogberry.

Lenny conducted the European tours of GREASE and ON THE TOWN. A Philadelphia native, he made his professional debut as a piano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He received his B.A. from Columbia University and his M.F.A. from Boston University. Member, SDC and AEA.