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A director, improviser, musical theatre performer and Green Room Award winning lyricist, Andrew graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Musical Theatre program in 2008 and has since performed extensively across the worlds of theatre, film & TV, musical theatre and cabaret. His theatre/musical theatre credits include international and national tours, and he appeared weekly on live TV for C31’s Get Cereal for over a year.
Andrew's other great passion is his work as a writer and lyricist, and it is in this capacity he has completed his master's degree of writing for performance at the Victorian College of the Arts, and took up the position of Artist in Residence at Monash University.
As the words to Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer’s music, Andrew debuted their full length work Nailed it! at the Butterfly Club to 5-star, rave reviews in 2014. Since then, they've won a Green Room Award (Australia's premier Cabaret Awards) for Best Original Songs, received 5 star reviews all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015. For that same show, Andrew was nominated for Best Male Cabaret Performer by Theatrepeople and they were the Melbourne winners of the 10th Annual Australian Cabaret Showcase, where they were selected as national finalists. You can see some of their work on youtube - find them online @MS_and_S.
Andrew was student of the first ever Improv Conspiracy public workshop and has been a member of their ensemble since 2012. In addition to his Conspiracy training, Andrew also completed studies at the iO theatre in Chicago in 2014 and with renowned improv gurus Dave Razowsky and Joe Bill in 2015 and 2016.
For the Improv Conspiracy, Andrew has performed in the casts of The Remix, Harold Night, Now showing: The Improvised Movie and Mixtape.
His other performance projects include Quiet Achievers, a silent improv duo that is completely accessible to Deaf and/or hard of hearing audiences (find them @QAchievers), and performing with the Impro Melbourne ensemble for Monster of the Week.
In addition to regular workshops in high schools, Andrew has taught internationally (Scotland, New Zealand) and for the Improv Conspiracy workshop program since 2013. His teaching ranges from Chicago style long form to Musical Improv, Silent Improv and other special electives of his own creation.
Alongside Lucy Horan, he hosted @TICPod - a nuts and bolts improv podcast, and he has directed House Harold teams since 2014, including Airblade, Delivery! and Karl "Raccoon" Marx.
His improv directing credits are extensive - Andrew is the creator of Original Cast: the completely improvised musical, Improvised Love Actually, Completely improvised potter, Improvised Downton Abbey, and the director of Soothplayers: Completely improvised Shakespeare (@soothplayers).
Andrew's passion for teaching led him to create and produce the Red Hot Improv Jam, a weekly show designed to give stage time in a loving environment to performers, whether they're brand new or highly experienced. He was also excited to direct the debut season of the original sketch show Decent Human Beings.
Other improv credits include performing in Perth Fringeworld (2014/15) where they received a nomination for best comedy, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2013/14/15) and the Melbourne Fringe Festival (2013/14/15) for The Improv Conspiracy, including their debut season of 3 Mad Rituals. He played the Melbourne Comedy and Fringe Festivals in 2015 for Quiet Achievers, and co-founded and co-directed Impromptunes: The Fully Improvised Musical for their debut fringe festival season. He holds undying affection for undefeated cage match champions Pano-Stritch.
Follow him or get in touch: @andrewstrano on twitter and instagram.