Production/Research Area: Director, Community-based Arts
Teaching Areas: Directing, Performance Skills, Movement and Improvisation, Shakespeare
Courses: Directing: An Introduction; Directing: An Exploration of Style; Performance Lab; Performance Topic-Improvisation; Performance Topic-Shakespeare; Introduction to Acting; Graduate Production Studios
office - 320 West Henderson
Bob Leonard teaches directing and performance skills, with a particular focus on ensemble processes, collaborative creation of new work, and community partnerships, in the department of theater arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. He has directed shows at Tech since 1989, including Quilters, Conduct Of Life, Dream Of A Common Language, Much Ado About Nothing, Never In My Lifetime, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, Far Away, and Romeo and Juliet. He is the founding artistic director of The Road Company, a theater ensemble based in Johnson City, Tennessee. Under his leadership from 1975-1998, The Road Company ensemble created more than two dozen original plays reflecting the history, culture, and concerns of the Upper Tennessee Valley and Central Appalachia. These plays include: Mountain Whispers, The Flying Lemon Cirque, Horsepower, Blind Desire, and Echoes & Postcards.
An arts organizer with a career-long commitment to the development of strong networks of community-based professional performing organizations, Leonard is a founding member of Alternate ROOTS and the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET). He is co-director of the Community Arts Network (CAN), an information and communication resource for the field of community art. He is a trainer/consultant with the CAPP Resources for Social Change Institute, organized and implemented by Alternate ROOTS. Leonard is currently on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for professional, not-for-profit theater.