AMDA Faculty since: 2015
Leon Martell is an educator, writer, actor, director and co-founder of the Duck's Breath Mystery Theater. This production troupe has performed live on stages across the country, National Public Radio, PBS and FOX Network. As a writer, he has written numerous award-winning plays, including Hoss Drawin, STEEL – John Henry and the Shaker and Bea[u]tiful in the Extreme. He has also written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Youth Concert Series and for the Summer Sounds Series at the Hollywood Bowl. As an actor, Leon has worked with numerous renowned actors in both American and Italian films. As a director, Leon's eclectic work ranges from new plays to new opera. With Overtone Industries, Leon directed, String of Pearls, in concert at Carnegie Hall and the magic extravaganza, Steve Wyrick: Magic to the Extreme, for the Sahara casino in Las Vegas.
Leon teaches Theatre History: Inception, Theatre History: Emergence, Iconic Theatre, Politics & Plays of the 1960’s & 1970’s, Great Playwrights, Decade of Pulitzer Playwrights, Theatre Direction & Design, 19th Century American Drama, History of Western Civilization I: The Ancient Period, Comedy & Melodrama and directs various productions.
M.F.A., Dramatic Arts, University of Iowa
B.A., Liberal Arts, University of Vermont