Education/Training

 

BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre workshop, New York

Playwright's Horizons, New York City (Directing)

Queen's University, Drama and Music, Canada

New Dramatists, New York City (Writing)


For over twelve years, Andrew was associate and resident director to Trevor Nunn on Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love and Sunset Boulevard, and subsequently Trevor's associate director on Anything Goes at the Royal National Theatre and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He was personally responsible for directing the stars of these award-winning shows. During this time, he was also the artistic director of West End Theatreworks in London, England, an organization devoted to the development of new music theatre, while at the same time raising money for charity. A notable achievement was Andrew's staging of the musical NINE with Jonathan Pryce and Elaine Paige, and a cast of 165 at Royal Festival Hall.

He is the creator of the musical Raindogs, based on Lanford Wilson's ground-breaking play, Balm in Gilead. Early in his career, he wrote the award-winning musical Sleeping Arrangements, which ran for two years at the Charlottetown Festival, Canada. In 1996, his musical Worldcafe was featured at the Edinburgh Festival and the song from it "This is our World" became the Olympic theme song for Coca-Cola worldwide in 2000. In the past two years, he has been working with one of Latin America's most celebrated writers, Senel Paz, to bring Senel's film Fresa Y Chocolate to life as a musical.

As a freelance director, Andrew directed a revised 50th Anniversary production of West Side Story featuring a London all-star cast. This was during his three years as artistic director of the Cyprus Festival's 3000-seat theatre, with West-End performers and orchestra. Critics praised the revised Sound of Music and an all-new "Cirque du Soleil" version of Lloyd Webber's Cats.

He worked with Tony-award winning William Finn to create and direct the West End premiere of Finn's Make Me a Song to critical acclaim, at the Charing Cross Theatre, and created a new Maltby-Shire Starting Here Starting Now which premiered in Melbourne, Australia.

Andrew has been a teacher and educator, directing plays and musicals throughout Canada, the USA and England, as well as giving masterclasses to graduates and professionals. For many years he has been bringing theatre to the corporate world, most notably the Coca Cola company as creative director for a worldwide program called "Lifehouse" with 45 actors. Recently, YouTube has been engaging Andrew as a creative consultant in their new Pro series for its top performing "YouTubers."