AS AN ACTOR
Drew trained as an actor at the Birmingham School of Acting and The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kutztown University, USA. He then completed his training at The Royal Academy of Music in London under the guidance of Mary Hammond.
He has been working as a professional Actor and Singer since 2002 making his brief West End debut in 2005 with the very ill-fated Murderous Instincts, (1st cover Christopher and Miguel) opening out-of-town at the Norwich Theatre Royal under the direction of Bob Carlton and receiving a transfer into the West End and the Savoy Theatre under the watchful eye of Mickey Roonie.
THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE
The Confessional directed by Michael Kirkland. Conor Mitchel’s Mathilde at the Edinburgh Festival under the direction of Simon Callow, starring Frances Ruffelle & Anton Stephans. The European premiere of A Man of No Importance in the role of Breton, directed by Matt Ryan. Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood for director Michael Kirkland in the USA. Hollarcut in The Sea directed by Ruth Carney. The Baker in Into The Woods under the direction of Paul Kerryson. The Ward in Women Beware Women directed by Richard Hurst. Dandini in Cinderella for the Millfield Theatre. Wishie Washie in Aladdin for Paul Elliot. Skye in Carnaby Street directed by Murray Grant and Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk for Theatre North.
CONCERT AND CABARET CREDITS INCLUDE
Principal vocalist for A Night of Movies and Musicals at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh starring Ruthie Henshall and John Owen Jones, Guys Sing Dolls with Tim Newman and Anton Stephans, Broadway at Sea with Telly Leung, Kerry Butler, Greg Eddleman & Alice Ripley and numerous Beyond Broadway Cabaret’s as compare and lead vocalist with guest artists.
OTHER PERFORMANCE CREDITS INCLUDE
Principal singer and company manager for Belinda King Creative Productions onboard the QM2 for Cunard and The Yachts of Seabourn directed and choreographed by Lisa Cottrell. Principal vocalist for Qdos and Celebrity Cruises directed and choreographed Alan and Sharon Harding. Principal vocalist for a P&O World Cruise on-board The Aurora directed and choreographed by Brian Rogers, David Morgan, Paul Elliiot, Beth Eden and Carole Todd. Principal vocalist for P&O Cruises onboard the Oriana, musically directed by Chris Hatt and Mark Crossland.
In 2005/06 Andrew won an Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award and was also the recipient of a Musical Theatre Grant from the Lionel Bart Foundation.
AS A PRODUCER
Drew has been working as a Producer with Beyond Broadway Productions for the last 5 years.
AS A DIRECTOR
He began his Directing work in 2008 with the Fierce Youth Theatre Company in Edinburgh, working in collaboration with Choreographer Murray Grant to create original Musical Theatre productions for the company. He then directed The MGA Academy of Performing Arts’ production of Bat Boy the Musical at the Caves in Edinburgh in 2011.
In 2012 he returned to The MGA Academy to direct The Producers, incorporating a cast of over 60 into the show for a completely new take on the hysterical classic. In 2013 he began working with PDF Productions directing their production of Romeo and Juliet at the Brunton Theatre. In 2014 his directing work took him to The Institute of the Arts, Barcelona, directing their students in a studio presentation of Sweet Charity. Later that year he returned to Edinburgh to direct the Scottish Premiere of the Broadway hit, Addams Family the Musical. This time adapting the piece to a large-scale musical theatre production incorporating over 110 performers whilst remaining faithful to the style and narrative of the piece.
In 2015 Drew directed the world premiere of Farewell My Son, a new Musical based on the story of McRaes Battalion for Matchbox Theatre Company. He also directed a production of Zanna Don’t for the Festival Theatre Studio Space in Edinburgh and directed a cast of 145 in Spring Awakening to critical acclaim at The Kings Theatre, Edinburgh.
Drew made his Edinburgh Fringe Festival directorial debut in the summer of 2015 with his production of Zanna Don’t at C Venues for Beyond Broadway Productions. The show ran for 23 performances, receiving 5 star reviews and sell-out houses. In 2017 his production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical mirrored the success of his debut winning the award for Best Musical at the Fringe after a 25 performance run at C Venues.
AS A TEACHER
Drew has been teaching Acting, Acting Through Song and Singing Technique in the UK and abroad since 2007 and his international teaching credits include work at The Institute of the Arts Barcelona, The Actors Outlet in the USA, Polka Theatre in London, Dance For All and GAMTA.
He remains on the teaching faculty of The MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh where he concentrates his time preparing their graduating classes for entry into the professional industry and Directing.