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Alumni Arts Hall of Fame: Celebrating Our Most Talented!

Leonard Sullivan '97 to receive 2020
Alumni Arts Hall of Fame Award

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We are thrilled to announce that performer, singer, choreographer and director, Leonard Sullivan ’97, will be inducted into the University Liggett School Arts Hall of Fame on May 7, 2020.

Leonard swings and understudies with the Book of Mormon full time, and is also is currently choreographing Love and Southern Discomfort at Charleston Music Hall. This past summer Leonard assistant directed and assistant choreographed Broadway Bounty Hunter (off Broadway) written by Tony Nominee Joe Iconis.  Prior to these more recent projects, Leonard toured the United States and Canada performing with the First National Tours of Hairspray, The Musical (directed and choreographed by Tony Award winners Jack O'Brien and Jerry Mitchell), and Disney's High School Musical (directed by Tony winner Jeff Calhoun). Leonard also performed as Richie in A Chorus Line and Victor in Smokey Joe's Cafe on the European tours of both shows. He was most recently seen in Milwaukee Rep's Dreamgirls and Maltz Jupiter's The Wiz, serving as assistant choreographer and dance captain. Other prominent theatres of note where he has worked are Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Barrington Stage, Atlanta Theater of the Stars, Stage St. Louis, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and many more. In New York City, Leonard directed and choreographed an original review called Dual Belters starring Jersey Boys star Courter Simmons. He has also taught theater and dance workshops all across the United States.

He was Musical Theatre Performance Major at Western Michigan University (class of 2001) and during his time in school there, Leonard performed in Rags, Godspell, and Company at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. Leonard also worked at The Barn Theatre in 1999 and Cherry County Playhouse 2001. Way back in the late 90s, when Leonard attended University Liggett School, he choreographed, co-directed, and starred in Ain’t Misbehavin’, and directed and choreographed many other Upper School theater performances, including NunsenseBye Bye Birdie and Into The Woods. It’s no surprise that Leonard received a special yearbook dedication - from his own peers - for the huge impact he made to/on performing arts while at ULS as a student.

We are very excited to honor and celebrate the very talented and creative Leonard Sullivan.

The Alumni Arts Hall of Fame was established in 2015 to recognize alumni (living or deceased) who have made significant contributions to the arts either as performing or practicing artists in individual disciplines.

Past Inductees:

2019 Honoree: Painter, Josh Moulton ’96 (last year’s photos can been seen in the gallery below)
2018 Honoree: Professional Photographer, Cybelle Codish '94
2017 Honoree: Documentary Film Maker, Michelle “Mitch” McCabe '89
2016 Honoree: Award Actress and Comedian, Gilda Radner '64 LIG
2015 Honoree: Award Winning Film and Theater Actress, Julie Harris '44 CDS

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