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Andrew Leynse - Director, Artistic Director, Producer

Andrew Leynse is currently in his eleventh season as Artistic Director at Primary Stages. He has produced, managed, and directed in the New York Theatre community for more than twenty years. Andrew began his career at Primary Stages after graduating from Carnegie Mellon’s Directing Program. At Castle Hill Productions, he produced over twenty productions on and off-Broadway.  Upon returning to Primary Stages as Artistic Director, he oversaw the move to their new home at 59E59 Theaters. 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.  Recent productions include The Morini Strad, Rx, Motherhood Out Loud, Olive and the Bitter Herbs, Black Tie, Secrets of the Trade, Dividing The Estate, Happy Now?, Opus, Shipwrecked!, and Buffalo Gal to name a few.  Primary Stages received the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Body of Work Award in 2008. Andrew recently directed the world premiere production of The Cherry Sisters Revisited by Dan O’Brien and music by Michael Friedman in the Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville.  Andrew is also the Artistic Director of Perry-Mansfield’s New Works Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Andrew has taught for Carnegie Mellon University, The Tepper Semester Syracuse University, and continues to teach at ESPA at Primary Stages.