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Leo G. Farley
Artistic Director and Actor

A founding member of 29th Street Rep Theatre in New York City, Mr. Farley has over 20 years of experience in the theatrical field. He has collaborated as an actor and director in numerous Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions.

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During his time at 29th Street Rep, some of his favorite acting roles were written by former Playwright-in-Residence, Bill Nave. They include Lee Jim Bobbitt in Necktie Breakfast (Harold Clurman Theater, 1991); Meggars in Bible Burlesque (with Edward Norton, 1994); and perhaps his favorite role, John in With Spirit and With Fire (1996) for which he received an OOBR (Off-Off Broadway award) for his performance. In addition, he appeared in the NYC premieres of Tracy Lett's Killer Joe (1994), Tammy Ryan's Pig (1996) and J.B. Miller's Bobby Supreme (1998).

Mr. Farley made his directorial debut in Bruce Spera's The Field, a two character play from the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, as part of the 29th Street Rep's annual Summer One-Act Festival in 1990. His next opportunity came in 1993 with Richard Harland Smith's Los Besos as part of that year’s Summer One-Act Festival. In 1997, Mr. Farley directed his first full length play, Tracers. Originally conceived by six Vietnam Veterans in the early 1980’s, Tracers was selected as "One of the Ten Best Theater Experiences of 1997" by Alexis Greene, of In Theater Magazine.

Another crowning achievement came in 2000, when Mr. Farley, along with associate member Jonathan Powers, adapted and directed Charles Bukowski's South of No North. Nine short stories were selected from the book of the same title and dramatized into a full length play. After a highly acclaimed showcase in the spring of 2000, South of No North returned for a very successful Off-Broadway run in the fall of the same year.

In February 2003, he once again donned his directing cap for the unearthing of the pulp fiction writer, Charles Willeford's only play, High Priest of California, for a successful Off-Broadway run. High Priest was critically acclaimed by the New York press and received wonderful notices in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Out and Backstage. In July 2003, High Priest of California was named "One of the Best Off-Broadway Plays of the Season" by Bruce Weber of The New York Times.

In 2004, Mr. Farley directed Adrian Hall’s adaption of In The Belly of the Beast Revisited, the grim story of career criminal Jack Henry Abbott, to high critical acclaim. In The Belly of the Beast was followed by The Conversation in 2008, an adaptation by Kate Harris of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 film.

Many of the above mentioned plays have been filmed by the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and included in their Archives.
With the inception of LSMFT Productions in 2010, Mr. Farley continues to bring contemporary and thought provoking theatre to the New York stage.