Teaching Faculty Andrew Leynse

Artistic Director
Primary Stages


Topics in Theatrical and Dramatic History
DRA 451 - 3 credits
Students attend Broadway and Off-Broadway Theater two nights per week as a basis of exploration into period, play analysis, stylistic development etc. Class meets once a week for instruction in addition to attending the theater.


Andrew Leynse is now beginning his ninth 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, Drama Desk (among others) awards and nominations. Recent productions include 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 is also the Artistic Director of Perry-Mansfield's New Works Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 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.