Founder of the Catholic theater group Saint Luke Productions, Leonardo Defilippis got his start as a Shakespearean actor. In the early days of his career, he worked at renowned theaters, such as the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. After experiencing a profound awakening and return to his faith, he created and toured The Gift of Peace. The one-man show covered the first six chapters of the Gospel of Luke and was taken directly from Scripture. This venture was the beginning of Saint Luke Productions. For over 35 years, this ministry has brought professional dramas about Christ and His saints to millions of people worldwide. Leonardo has starred in many of those one-man shows, including The Passion According to Luke, John of the Cross, Francis: Troubadour of God's Peace, and several others. He also directed and starred in the feature film Thérèse. Leonardo has several dramas currently touring North America. In addition to Vianney, they include Thérèse: The Story of a Soul and Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz. He and his wife Patti have seven children. They live near Vancouver, Washington.