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Leon Martel

Leon Martel, playwright, Beautiful in the Extreme, co-founded Duck's Breath Mystery Theater and has performed with them on stage, National Public Radio, PBS, and FOX Television. He wrote the award-winning one act Hoss Drawin, which was presented at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. 

As a resident writer/actor at the Padua Hills Festival, he wrote Kindling, and co-wrote 1961 El Dorado with his wife Elizabeth Ruscio. His plays Mooncalf, Feed Them Dogs, and Hard Hat Area received Drama-Logue and LA Weekly Awards. His musical STEEL - John Henry and the Shaker, produced by the Oasis Theater Company and presented as part of the Hot Properties series Inside at the Ford, garnered seven Ovation Award nominations including Best New Musical. 

As an actor, Leon has worked with Maria Irene Fornes, John Steppling, Alan Rudolph, and most recently Jane Anderson. 

His directing credits range from a concert reading of a new opera, String of Pearls, at Carnegie Hall, to Steve Wyrick - Magic to the Extreme at the Sahara Casino in Las Vegas. Leon teaches playwriting for UCLA Extension, A.S.K. Theater Projects, New Roads School, and the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts in Culver City. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa.