Joseph Leonardi

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Joseph returned to Des Moines from San Francisco in 2004 to found the Repertory Theater of Iowa. While in SF, he worked professionally as an actor, director, and writer with numerous theaters, most notably as a company member of Eastender’s Repertory Company and Pink Pearl Productions. His one-man show, Positively Twisted, was awarded Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and he was a recipient of Dramalogue Magazine’s Dean Goodman Award for Outstanding Actor for originating the role of Mel in New Conservatory Theater’s production of Key West by Jack Heifner (Vanities). Joseph’s first play, One of These Days, was nominated for a San Francisco Cable Car Award for Best Original Script. For RTI, he has acted in numerous productions, including Erie in Hughie, Clov in Endgame, and Irvin in Twyla’s Boy. He also produced Shattered Windows for the 2006 Iowa Fringe Festival and the critically acclaimed audience favorite Crowns. Joseph’s work in feature films includes Boone StyleIndelible, and Haunting Villisca. Joseph is now residing in San Francisco.