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While studying for a bachelor’s degree in Political Science the University of Washington, Andrew co-founded the Shakespeare Society, and was artistic director for three seasons. He then went on to act and direct in numerous stage productions in small Seattle theatres, work in feature film production, direct short films, and become a director of photography for local commercial producers before being accepted to the directing program in film, television and theatre at California Institute of the Arts.

After receiving his Master of Fine Arts in 1990, Andrew went on to work in regional theatres and off-Broadway. He became resident director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre from 1992-1995, where he directed numerous productions, served as the theatre’s literary manager, and taught acting in the conservatory training program. He was then invited to become artistic director of the New Harmony Project, a writer’s lab in New Harmony, Indiana. There he oversaw development of new work, which ranged from plays and musicals, to screenplays and TV pilots.

In 1995, Andrew moved to Los Angeles to begin his career in television. He became a series director on ABC’s HOME IMPROVEMENT, starring Tim Allen, produced and directed NBC’S WORKING starring Fred Savage, SOUL MAN starring Dan Aykroyd, among others, and numerous other prime time comedies, including episodes of FRIENDS, CAROLINE IN THE CITY, SUDDENLY SUSAN, JESSE, THE SINGLE GUY, IN THE HOUSE, THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW, DAG, MADIGAN MEN, SABRINA, THE TICK, THE GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW, PHIL OF THE FUTURE, WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE. Over the last decade, Andrew has directed dozens of episodes for prime time television, as well as executive produced two short films, DOLCI and DESERTERS, both first films of former students.

In Los Angeles, Andrew was invited to direct two productions for Shakespeare Festival L.A. (THE TEMPEST, and JULIUS CAESAR) a world premiere opera for L.A. Opera (ON GOLD MOUNTAIN), and a short feature starring Eric Idle entitled BRIGHTNESS, which was awarded the Gold Special Jury Prize for 2001 at the WorldFest in Houston. He continues to direct theatre, including the world premiere of Theodore Drieser’s SISTER CARRIE for Indiana Rep, and THE TEMPEST at East West Players in Los Angeles. THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Nilo Cruz’s adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s A VERY OLD MAN WITH ENORMOUS WINGS for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Internationally, he has produced noted theatre works at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In addition to his directing career, Andrew is an associate professor of dramatic arts at the University of Washington School of Drama where he heads the undergraduate drama program, teaches cinema arts, leads summer drama programs at the Edinburgh Festival and is the artistic director of The Drama Collective Pontlevoy, a European theatre methods and practice program held at the Abbey Pontlevoy European American Center for International Studies in France.

He was awarded the Center for Leadership Development’s Arts Award by the City of Indianapolis, has served as a grants panelist and on-site reviewer for the NEA, and volunteers as a media advisor for public advocacy groups, Asian voter registration initiatives and local political campaigns.