Professor and Chair, Acting - Directing - Stage Combat - Acting for the Camera
M.F.A., University of Idaho
B.A., University of Nebraska @ Kearney
In addition to his role as Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wyoming, Leigh is an Equity actor, free-lance Director, SDC (Stage Directors & Choreographers, Associate Member), and Equity stage manager, who has worked in various theatres around the country. Broadway credits include work as a production assistant on the Tony-nominated Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass
, directed by Julie Taymor (Lion King
), and as a production assistant/stage manager for the Broadway revival of The Little Foxes
starring Stockard Channing, and directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O'Brien (Hairspray
, The Full Monty
). He also worked as the assistant to the director for the Toronto production of Shirley Valentine
(starring Helen Reddy). Off-Broadway and regional credits as an actor include Little Heart
, (with Michael Gross) a full development reading for the New Harmony Project, IN; The Marriage of Bette and Boo
, and Balm in Gilead
, all for the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX; The Heiress
for the Arvada Center in Denver, CO; the American National Theatre Academy's touring showcase with Marshall W. Mason, for both the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre in NYC and the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and numerous summers working with the National New Play Network workshops in Washington, DC. He particularly enjoys developing new work, and has had the privilege of workshopping new plays with Theresa Rebeck, Samuel D. Hunter, Arlene Hutton, Dan O’Brien, James Still, Jim Leonard, Jr., Mat Smart, Irene O’Garden, Mary Murfitt,
and Connie Congdan among many others. Leigh holds the MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Idaho, and a BA in Secondary Education (Speech/Theatre and Journalism) from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
A longtime member of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, he was selected as a participant in the 25th Anniversary KCACTF Symposium at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and was a proud student of Uta Hagen. As a director, his productions of Marvin's Room, Dead White Males, and Frequency 98.6 were all selected as Region VII finalists for KCACTF, and he has the unique distinction of being the first two-time National Finalist of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship as a student long ago. A former member of the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association (RMTA), Leigh received their Presidents Award for outstanding and dedicated service.
The recipient of numerous extraordinary merit awards for teaching, research, and advising at the University of Wyoming, Leigh was awarded the Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching award and selected as the Wyoming nominee for the national CASE Teaching Award. He was also appointed to receive the London Semester Professorship for Spring 2012, Spring 2003, and the Seibold Professorship in 1996-97. Recently, he was awarded his second Kennedy Center Medallion of Excellence for his work as an acting coach and service to KCACTF. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of Snowy Range Summer Theatre, housed on the beautiful UWYO campus.
He is married to Marsha Knight, professor of ballet at UW, and has two sons, one step-son, and is proud to have batted .750 in the Broadway Show League!