Luke Leonard

Invited by Kirk Lynn

Luke Leonard is an American artist whose work spans theatre, opera, and the visual arts. He is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Monk Parrots, a nonprofit company that creates multidisciplinary theatre ranging from experimental plays to contemporary opera. 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, and "visually arresting" by Austin American-Statesman. In 2011, compared Monk Parrots to "young artist revolutionaries."

Directing credits include: After an Earlier Incident  (La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, New York), Here I Go (59E59 Theaters, New York and the 2012 La MaMa Spoleto Open, Italy), Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw (Symphony Space, New York), David Lang and Mac Wellman's The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (The B. Iden Payne Theater, Texas--nominated for eight 2010 Austin Critics' Table Awards including "Best Opera" and ranked No. 4 on Austin Chronicle's "Top Ten Theatrical Wonders of 2010"), and the first Italian translation of Israel Horovitz's The Indian Wants the Bronx presented in several cities across Italy and praised for "a careful work on the body of the actors…every element exuded energy" by Fucine Mute Web Magazine.

Monk Parrots 501(c)(3) nonprofit company located in New York creates multidisciplinary theatre pieces ranging from experimental plays to contemporary opera. We are an ensemble of performing and visual artists whose work bridges different artistic styles and cultural traditions. We strive to form uncommon unions that enrich our practice and broaden our relationships with professional artists and community members, nationally and internationally.

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2013 LMCC Artist Residency
  • 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for Monk Parrots' Here I Go
  • 2012 USA Projects grant to commission Bum Phillips
  • 2011 LMCC Artist Residency