Luke Leonard's 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 nytheatre.com, and "visually arresting" by austin360. In 2011, nytheatre-wire.com compared Monk Parrots to "young artist revolutionaries."
Directing credits include: Monk Parrots’ After an Earlier Incident (La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, New York), Monk Parrots’ Here I Go (59E59 Theaters, New York and the 2012 La MaMa Spoleto Open, Italy), Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw (Symphony Space, New York), Pulitzer Prizewinning composer David Lang and multi award winning playwright 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.
Upcoming projects include the world premiere opera, Bum Phillips, about a retired NFL coach from the late 1970s, with a libretto by Kirk Lynn and score by Peter Stopschinski of the nationally acclaimed Austin-based collaborative, Rude Mechs.
Awards include 2013 and 2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Artist Residencies, a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for Monk Parrots’ Here I Go, and 2013 and 2012 USA Projects Grants for the opera, Bum Phillips.
Luke is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, Compagnia Horovitz-Paciotto, Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.
Monk Parrots is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in New York that produces
original performance works that cross artistic boundaries. Each production is unique from the other and benefits from a revolving ensemble of professional and amateur collaborators of varying ages and expertise. Monk Parrots fosters creative approaches to theatre making, presents and tours concept-driven new works domestically and internationally, and welcomes interdisciplinary and multicultural exchange.