In 2012, Professor Leonard published “Embracing the ‘Mongrel:’ John Marston’s The Malcontent, Antonio and Mellida, and the Development of English Early Modern Tragicomedy” in The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies.
He co-wrote the script of a short film Mossadegh (2012), about the democratically elected and then deposed prime minister of Iran. It has been screened at more than twenty festivals, both in the United States and internationally, and was nominated for Best Screenplay (Shorts) by the Maverick Movie Awards. http://mossadeghfilm.com
- Kenyon College ’03 – BA double majoring in English and Drama
- University of York, UK ’05 – MA in Renaissance Literature
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst ’13 – PhD in English Literature
Professor Leonard became a member of Westminster’s English department faculty in the fall of 2013. He specializes in English dramatic literature from the 16th and 17th centuries (i.e. Shakespeare and his contemporaries), and has also developed teaching interests and experience in drama across periods, Renaissance literature more generally, pre-1800 English literature, and performance studies.
Many of Professor Leonard’s scholarly pursuits hinge on the unique issues associated with reading and analyzing texts intended for performance. His dissertation focuses on the interaction between the restaging of cultural performances and dramatic genre in the theatrical literature of the English Renaissance. Professor Leonard is currently working on several play editing projects and an article discussing the transition between Medieval and Renaissance drama in England.
His desire to teach and study dramatic literature is rooted, in part, in his deep commitment to staged performance. Over the past twenty years, he has directed, written, performed, and done technical work for more than sixty academic and professional productions. His adaptation of the Faust legend, faust[us], was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In recent years, Professor Leonard has directed student casts in full productions of Macbeth and Beaumont’s Knight of the Burning Pestle, as well as several staged readings.
He looks forward to continuing this commitment to theatre at Westminster.
When Professor Leonard isn’t teaching or researching, he enjoys film, fishing, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Sara.