Working with Young Actors

Lenny has over twenty years of experience working with young performers. In addition to teaching at the college level, he has served on the faculties of Stage Door Manor, Camp Farwell, The Theatre School at Civic Theatre of Allentown, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. He enjoys directing productions that feature young people (productions of Meet Me in St. Louis, A Christmas Carol, and most recently Marvell Rep’s critically-acclaimed Spring’s Awakening top his list of favorites), and has been heralded in the press for helping young actors achieve their best performances. Central to Lenny’s teaching philosophy is the idea that all people, but especially young people, learn best and make their most important discoveries in an encouraging, nurturing, positive environment.

Photo of Lizzy DeClement, Lenny Leibowitz, and Giuseppe Bausilio

Lizzy DeClement (Wendla), Lenny, and Giuseppe Bausilio (Melchior) at the opening of SPRING’S AWAKENING.

Far more realistic than the rock musical but equally as fresh and even more daring…features stellar performances from a talented young cast which is just about as close to age-appropriate as audiences will ever see…director Lenny Leibowitz has superbly focused their talents to produce realistic performances…Marvell Rep has finally given Spring’s Awakening the performance it has deserved all these years.



Wedekind’s play was always an indictment of bourgeois values; Marvell drives the message home with all its modern implications…[it] is all the more powerful—and impressive—for the ages of the actors.