Department of Drama
Instructor, Tepper Semester
Leynse began his career at Primary Stages after graduating from Carnegie Mellon's directing program. At Castle Hill Productions, he produced more than 20 productions on and off-Broadway. Upon returning to Primary Stages as artistic director, he oversaw their move to 59E59 Theaters, to The Duke on 42nd Street, and most recently to their move to The Cherry Lane Theatre. Primary Stages productions have received considerable critical acclaim, including Tony, Obie, AUDELCO, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk (among others) awards and nominations. Primary Stages received the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Body of Work Award in 2008.
Leynse is also the artistic director of Perry-Mansfield's New Works Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where he directed “The Cherry Sisters Revisited” by Dan O'Brien, “The Receptionist” by Adam Bock, “Spiced Vodka” by Rinne Groff, and “Mama Hated Diesels” by Randall Myler and Dan Wheetman.
- B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University