As Director, Writer and Choreographer: Michael Leeds has worked with such talented and legendary artists as Arthur Miller, Martin Scorsese, Liza Minnelli, Lynn Redgrave, Tyne Daly, Tommy Tune, Donna Murphy, Kate Burton, Stephen Schwartz, Kander & Ebb, and many others.
He wrote and directed the B’way musical, Swinging On A Star that was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical. Off-B'way he directed and choreographed Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah - The Songs of Allan Sherman, starring Tovah Feldshuh & Mary Testa, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Director and Best Choreographer. Other Off-B'way credits include directing and choreographing Lypsinka - A Day In The Life, Showing Off, starring Donna Murphy, and Hot Klezmer for AJT.
Mr. Leeds has directed for Playwrights Horizons, the York Theatre and the Goodspeed Opera House among others. His adaptation and production of Arthur Miller's Playing For Time won a Festival First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was given its European premiere. He directed and choreographed A Little Night Music for the Houston Grand Opera starring Frederica Von Stade and Thomas Allen and 70, Girls, 70 for the York Theatre’s Musicals In Mufti series starring Jane Powell and Charlotte Rae.
Mr. Leeds wrote and directed a new version of Cole Porter’s Red, Hot And Blue for the Goodspeed Opera and Paper Mill Playhouse. He also directed the Florida Grand Opera production of Marc Blitzstein's Regina starring Lauren Flanigan. For ten years Mr. Leeds co-directed the Drama League’s annual benefit honoring Liza Minnelli, Kander & Ebb, Hal Prince, Rosie O’Donnell and Chita Rivera among others.
As a songwriter, Mr. Leeds' work has appeared Off-B'way in Martin Charnin's Upstairs At O’Neals and the No Frills Revue, as well as on CBS’s The Comedy Zone. Mr. Leeds also collaborated on Miracles, a musical he wrote with Joe Stein, with a score by Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, David Shire and Marvin Hamlisch. He directed and choreographed Mating Habits of the Urban Mammal, a musical comedy he co-wrote with Peggy Gordon, Brian Lasser and Timothy Graphenreed for the Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs.
For film, he has choreographed End of Summer, starring Jacqueline Bisset and Peter Weller and co-wrote with Linda Yellen: The Simian Line, starring William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave, Tyne Daly and Harry Connick Jr., and The Last Film Festival starring Dennis Hopper, Jacqueline Bisset, Leelee Sobieski & Chris Kattan.
Since coming to South Florida, Mr. Leeds directed the inaugural season of Laffing Matterz at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the new Lisa Loeb musical, Camp Kappawanna for City Theatre, the World Premieres of The First Step and Last Call for Empire Stage, The Boys In The Band for Rising Action Theatre and for the Plaza Theatre: Driving Miss Daisy, Chapter Two and The Assembled Parties. Michael’s many productions for the Broward Stage Door Theatre include A Little Night Music (Carbonell nomination Best Musical), The Glass Menagerie, Come Blow Your Horn, Mack & Mabel (Carbonell Award Best Musical), Steel Magnolias, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, My Fair Lady, Lend Me A Tenor, Beau Jest and The Light In The Piazza (Carbonell nomination Best Musical, Silver Palm Award for Direction).
As Associate Director of Island City Stage he’s directed The Twentieth Century Way (Carbonell nomination Best Ensemble), Body Awareness, the World Premiere of Michael Aman’s POZ and Dan Clancy’s The Tmekeepers (winner of six Carbonell Awards including Best Production of a Play and Best Director).
As a teacher, Mr. Leeds has taught at AMDA in New York as well as holding his Workshop in various cities across the United States.
For ten years Mr. Leeds studied with renowned Acting Coach, Larry Moss