CHRISTOPHER LEAVY is a freelance music director, accompanist, vocal coach and actor whose professional career spans over 40 years and more than 100 shows. Now in his sixth season as resident MD at the Winter Park Playhouse, Chris is also a pianist and vocal coach at Walt Disney World, and has performed there with the Dapper Dans of Main Street, at Universal's Islands of Adventure (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Mad Cow Theatre and Treasure Tavern, and is an accompanist for Sing Live USA and the Orlando Gay Chorus. Chris performed his award-winning cabaret I'm Just Not That Gay at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, the Kansas City Fringe Festival and Don't Tell Mama in New York. He directed Ned Wilkinson's original hit musical Julie Bunny Must Die! for Orlando Fringe in 2010, and re-teamed with Ned to direct Fosgate: Ferret Loan Officer for Orlando Fringe in 2012, which was named "Best of the Fest" by the Orlando Sentinel, and garnered a Patrons Pick award. Chris' national credits include the National Tour of Bathhouse, the Musical, and shows for the Kansas City Crossroads Musical Theatre Festival, Silver Dollar City theme park and the Mansion America (Branson, MO), the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA and Portsmouth, NH's Theatre by the Sea and Seacoast Repertory Theatre.
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA, although I claim NYC as my birthright. It's not my fault my dad was transferred.
Spirit Animal: Otter. Or maybe raccoon. Possibly binturong.
Comedic Inspiration: The Brits and the Jews
Random Fact: Chris is a national award-winning radio copywriter.
Words of Wisdom: As long as there is musical theatre, there is hope for the world.