Kenny Leon has been named a senior resident director at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Leon, who directed “A Soldier’s Play” at Roundabout last season, will help select Roundabout’s plays and musicals for on-stage productions and workshops and help develop the careers of BIPOC directors training at the theater. He will join the company in January 2021.
“The great artistry of Kenny’s revival of A Soldier’s Play revealed the possibilities of what Roundabout can, and should, do. Roundabout has historically played a large role in which great works of the American theatre get revived in New York. Moving forward we will take our newly embraced responsibilities further, to expand the canon,” said Todd Haimes, artistic director and chief executive of Roundabout Theatre Company.
Leon will also work with the theater on its anti-racism and equity goals. His directing credits include the recent production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Delacorte Theater as well as the Broadway productions of “American Son” and “Children of a Lesser God.”
“My experience directing Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play at Roundabout was an amazing moment in time,” Leon said. “I look forward to exploring other works on its stages as we continue to help develop and introduce artists in an effort to help build an American theatre that looks like the world.”
In September, Roundabout announced Miranda Haymon as a resident director, joining Rebecca Taichman and Anne Kauffman.