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About Drew...

Acting Biography:

Since earning his B.F.A. degree in musical theatre at the University of Michigan, Drew has earned numerous credits as a professional actor and is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association. He was recently honored with a Po'okela Award for his performance as "Che" in Evita at Diamond Head Theatre after a 12-year hiatus. Before moving to Hawaii, he starred as "Tony" in West Side Story at Sacramento Music Theatre, a two-month run in Basel, Switzerland, and in the Atlanta-based Theatre of the Stars’ national tour.  Other favorites include "Perchik" in Fiddler on the Roof at West Virginia Public Theatre, "Kenickie" in Grease at the Olney Theatre Center in Maryland. At North Shore Musical Theatre in the Boston area, he played "Lucas" in The Student Prince, and also appeared in productions of Miss Saigon and Victor Victoria. A true highlight of his early career was appearing as tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra in Georgia, and he also appeared in (abridged) opera productions of Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro at the Crested Butte Music Festival in his original home state of Colorado. He is currently in rehearsal for the role of "Jimmy" in Nice Work If You Can Get It at Diamond Head Theatre. 

 

On a personal note...

For as long as I can remember, my dream was to be a professional actor/singer, but as children and marriage took priority, the gypsy lifestyle of an actor seemed personally unsustainable, I found myself trying to reimagine my future. In fact, the last 13 years or so were spent trying to convince myself that I even could be content in a career outside the arts, and the answer was a resounding, "NO." Returning to the stage after years away rekindled my love for music and theatre, and in the process I uncovered a new passion - for teaching! 

I am absolutely overjoyed and honored to be able to once again consider the performing arts "home," and this studio has become an absolute labor of love. The thought of heading in this direction didn't take much imagination, really. My first voice teacher was my mother, who continues to teach at Colorado Mesa University (CMU). After years of playing instruments, discovering that I would sing was a revelation! I spent the first couple years of college at CMU and transferred to the University of Michigan's Department of Musical Theatre. I can't overstate just how incredibly proud I am to have had that experience, and from the looks of things, it's only getting better! 

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How I met your mother...

Engagment photo on Sunset Beach, North Shore, Oahu

A few years after graduation, I found the love of my life while performing in Miss Saigon in Massachusetts just a month after 9/11. Jessica and I became best friends after returning to NYC, and we haven't looked back since. We have kept VERY busy, however. We have three awesome kids, a dog, a cat, somewhere between 1-4 fish, a turtle, and usually a few butterflies and/or lizards. I am wholeheartedly grateful for my good fortune, and happy to call Hawaii my home. 


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