BIOGRAPHY

LEO ASH EVENS is a Pittsburgh born and bred actor with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Upon signing with his legit agents, CGF Talent defined him as "an enigma".

A dynamic song and dance man as well as voice-over artist, signing with Innovative Artists in 2012, Leo enagages his sexy rasp for both rock ’n roll and commercial voice-overs. Currently, he is the voice of Siemens Technology.  

In his 10th year with MTCA (Musical Theatre College Auditions), Leo has evolved from monologue coach to Assistant Director and is now a proud Co-Director and Co-Owner of the team with partners Ellen Lettrich (Founder), and Charlie Murphy. Leo loves guiding his students to trust their own work and their process, finding the right program and positioning themselves for success in the professional world. 

Broadway credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (debut); Shuffle Along…(standby for Brooks Ashmanskas, and later taking over the role) directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover; and currently vacation swing for School of Rock, where he channels a touch of David Bowie, Rod Stewart, and Jem of Jem and the Holograms in his spiky blonde wig.

Leo's proudest role to date is the Emcee in Cabaret, winning Best Actor in the Houston Excellence Awards while performing at Houston TUTS. Leo later reprised his role at The Arvada Center in Denver, Colorado.  It's the gritty roles that really ignite him.  And in a close second place - playing the deliciously deplorable Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher.

Leo’s had the honor of working with theatre legends Chita Rivera, Patti LuPone, Shirley Jones, and Audra McDonald. He treasured the world premiere play, Somewhere, starring Priscilla Lopez, at The Old Globe in San Diego, in which he originated the role of Jamie McRea.

Off-Broadway, Leo originated roles in two premiere plays which have since successfully been published.  Bobby in Finks by Joe Gilford and Pluto in Jasper in Deadland by Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver.

Leo played Riff in West Side Story several times: for Alan Johnson (50th Anniversary Tour); Joey McNeely (London); as well as for Joshua Bergasse (Gypsy of The Year, Recording Academy Honors, Barrington Stage, and North Carolina Theatre).  He is thrilled to be part of this legacy and pass it on through educational workshops. Maybe he'll even try his hand at directing it one day...

Showbiz highlight:  In 2016, Leo met his idol, The Great Lady of Comedy - Carol Burnett, after her show at The Beacon Theatre in NYC.  Inspired by her hilarious, honest, and wry characters, he always admires her compassionate way of sharing herself with her audiences.  

Leo is the proud son of Earl and Amy, brother of Sarah, and Uncle of Voilet! (He's gonna post some Instagram duos of himself and Violet soon - she'll steal your heart!) He gleaned his green thumb from his parents, and hence, time with his house plants, the community garden, and lush walks in Central Park near his apartment on the Upper West Side are a must!  

Someday soon, Leo wants to adopt a Wheaten Terrier.

RÉSUMÉ

+ Broadway

SCHOOL OF ROCK
Vacation Cover
Winter Garden Theatre
Dir: Laurence Connor

SHUFFLE ALONG...
Sam / Izzy / Carlo
Music Box Theatre
Dir: George C. Wolfe

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Phillip
Neil Simon Theatre
Dir: Des McAnuff

+ West End

WEST SIDE STORY
Riff
Sadler’s Wells
Dir: Joey McKneely

+ Voice Over

SELECTED CREDITS:

  • Sharp TV
  • Foster Grant
  • JCPenney
  • AVIS
  • V8
  • Prego
  • Siemens Technology
  • GoGurt
  • Mellow Yellow
  • McDonald's
  • Goldman Sachs

+ Off-Broadway

JASPER IN DEADLAND
Pluto
West End Theatre
Dir: Brandon Ivie

FINKS (World Premiere Play)
Bobby
Ensemble Studio Theatre
Dir: Giovanna Sardelli

IONESCOPADE: The Works of Eugene Ionesco
Lead
York Theatre Company
Dir: Bill Castellino

WANDA’S WORLD
P.J.
45th Street Theatre
Dir: Lynne Taylor-Corbett

FINGERS AND TOES
Toes (Lead)
NYMF - Urban Stages
Dir: Matt Lenz

+ Tours

WEST SIDE STORY
Riff
50th Anniversary U.S. Tour
Dir: Alan Johsnon

42ND STREET
Billy Lawlor
Russian Tour
Dir: Randy Skinner

DISNEY’S ON THE RECORD
Mike
U.S. National Tour
Dir: Robert Longbottom

CASPER THE MUSICAL: with Chita Rivera
Hollinger
U.S. National Tour
Dir: David H. Bell

+ Regional

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Black Stache
Pioneer Theatre Company
Victoria Theatre
Dir: Jenn Thompson

CABARET (Best Actor, Houston Excellence Awards)
Emcee
Houston TUTS
Dir. Bill Berry
The Arvada Center
Dir: Christy Montour-Larson

SOMEWHERE (World Premiere Play)
Jamie
The Old Globe Theatre
TheatreWorks, Palo Alto
Dir: Giovanna Sardelli

MARY POPPINS
Bert
Westchester Theatre
Dir: Richard Stafford

OKLAHOMA! with Shirley Jones
Will Parker
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera
Dir. Glenn Casale
Casa Mañana
Dir: Denton Yockey

GYPSY with Patti LuPone
Tulsa
Ravinia Festival
Dir: Lonny Price

RENT
Mark
Weston Playhouse
Dir: Bill Castellino

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
Jimmy Smith
The Arvada Center
Dir: Rod Lansberry

FOOTLOOSE
Ren
Pittsburgh Musical Theatre
Dir: Colleen Petrucci

WEST SIDE STORY
Riff
Barrington Stage
Dir. Julian Boyd
North Carolina
Dir: Josh Bergasse

42ND STREET
Billy Lawlor
The Muny
Dir: Harold Goldfadden

+ Developmental

DINER
Lead Quarter
Kathleen Marshall

THE HONEYMOONERS
Ensemble
Jerry Mitchell

THE PIGEON BOYS
Gunter
Joe Barros

IT’S YOUR OWN DAMN FAULT
Hermes
Jeremy Dobrish

YANK
Melanie
Igor Goldin

SNOW ORCHID
Doogan
Valentina Fratti

SIGNS OF LIFE
Simon
Jeremy Dobrish

BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER
Clayton
Daniel Goldstein

+ Concerts

DARLING
Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Book by Brett Ryback

PROVIDENCE
Music by Danny Codden
Book by Leah Miles

THE BUNNY SUICIDES
Written by David Alan Thorton

THE GOOD GIRL
Written by Mary Liz McNamara

+ Special Skills

Dialects/Accents: Irish, Cockney, German, Australian, British, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh

Basic tumbling, soccer, swimming, skiing, bowling, swing dancing.