A graduate of New York's prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Andy has been directing, coaching, teaching and performing in Vancouver for 15 years. Directing credits include The Fantasticks, Assassins, and Last Call…a Post-Nuclear Cabaret with Quintessence Musicals, West Side Story with the Chilliwack Academy of Music, and Anne of Green Gables for the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra. Andy also had the pleasure of directing the late Canadian Icon and CBC radio legend Jurgen Gothe in his hilarious wine show Up Your Glass… a wine entertainment. Local audiences know Andy from his recent tour-de-force performance as Edna in Hairspray at Theatre Under the Stars, as Brian in Avenue Q for the Arts Club, and much more.
As director of the Pre-Professional Musical Theatre Troupe at Arts Umbrella, Andy has directed Dear Edwina, Lucky Stiff, Pippin, Little Women and the Musical Theatre Troupe's latest production Bring It On.
Andy is also in demand as an adjudicator, workshop leader and coach for individuals and groups of professionals and community performers alike. He has been a guest speaker for auditions, courses and conferences at SFU, UBC, and Capilano University. Andy also served as Musical Director for the smash hit production of Spring Awakening at Studio 58, and is Artistic Director with Awkward Stage Productions, the west coast's leading youth theatre production company offering real-world production experience to young artists moving from their awkward stage to the next stage, whatever that may be.