I Am Leigh Cordner, the Creative Director of Medieval Times. AMA!
Hi everyone, I’m Leigh Cordner, the Creative Director at Medieval Times. I’m here to answer your questions with help from Atlas Obscura, who wrote about me. I’ve spent the last 30 years at Medieval Times. I’ve performed in all of the facilities in a variety of roles. Since 2001, I’ve held the position of Creative Director of Show, responsible for the writing, content, and quality control of each of the nine Medieval Times shows.
After starting my Medieval Times career in the Florida castle, I returned to my hometown of Toronto to open the first Medieval Times in Canada in 1993. In order to establish a corporate show team headquarters, I relocated back to Florida in 2004 to work daily with fellow Director Tim Baker, who is responsible for all of the combat stunts and choreography.
I’ve participated in the opening of the last five Medieval Times facilities and am the author of the show script, as well as Director of the cast for each location. I have completed four show scripts, beginning with “Wolf at the Gates” in 2001, ‘Harness of War” in 2007, “North” in 2011, and the current show being rolled out across the nine castles, “Sovereign”.
As part of the creation of the show, I traveled with composer Daniel May to Kiev, Ukraine in September of 2017 to assist in the recording of the Medieval Times soundtrack by the National Symphony of Ukraine, and the National Ukrainian Choir. This is the fourth Medieval Times score by Daniel May, the first two recorded in Prague, and the last two in Kiev. Once all of the choreography, costuming, music, and lighting installations are complete, Tim and I will travel to rehearse and install the new production in each of the Medieval Times castles. As of February 2018, three castles are running the new show, with Buena Park, California slated to begin production in March.
I am a Marine Corps veteran, a former on-air radio personality, and a past contestant on the television game show, ‘Jeopardy!’
EDIT: It has been wonderful talking with all of you, and we look forward to seeing you at a Medieval Times location soon. See you in Phoenix!