Andy is a Theatre Artist based in the UK.
He has been involved with many of the children’s theatre companies in Scotland. He trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the R.S.A.M.D) and then at Ecole Philippe Gaulier. In 1991 he was a founding member of Visible Fictions Theatre Company whose first show Bill’s New Frock toured Canada and the US on three successive tours. He is an Associate Artist of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and a co-creator of the production Martha which has toured to Canada, US, Holland, China, Singapore, Tasmania, Norway, Sweden and taken in Broadway.
In October 2006 he worked as a Drama Artist for Starcatchers at North Edinburgh Arts Centre. During this time he developed work for the very young, creating the highly successful Little Light and also his solo show My House. My House has been performed throughout the UK. It has also been performed in Italy, Spain, Austria, Finland, Germany, France, Belgium, Lichtenstein and on Broadway as part of the Scottish Children's Festival at the New Victory Theater, New York.
In 2007/8 he worked with Robert Alan Evans and Catherine Wheels on the Going Solo project in which he developed and performed two new one man plays. Kappa a classroom show for 10-12 year olds, and The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk which performed to 9-12 year olds. Andy performed both shows at the Imaginate Children's Festival and Pondlife McGurk at the Sydney Opera House in 2011 and at the Auckland Arts Festival in 2013. He performed both plays at the New Victory Theater as part of their 2014 season.
In 2009 he collaborated with Shona Reppe on Potato Needs a Bath, a new show for 2-4 year olds. Potato Needs a Bath has performed at the South Bank Centre, London, New Victory Theater and as part of the Edinburgh International Children's Festival. As well as this it has performed in Canada, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands.
In 2010 he again collaborated with Shona Reppe, Catherine Wheels and Ian Cameron on White a show for 2-4 year olds. White opened at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland showcase. It was awarded a Scotsman Fringe First and a Total Theatre Award. Andy was also awarded a Herald Angel for the show.Since it's opening White has toured continually and extensively around the world and has garnered a further 4 awards.
Andy created Mikey and Addie with Rob Alan Evans as a commission by the London 2012 Festival and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. part of the cultural Olympiad of London 2012. It played as part of the Made in Scotland showcase at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe produced by Red Bridge Arts.
In 2013 he created HUFF with Shona Reppe and Catherine Wheels for the National Galleries of Scotland - a walk through experience for 9 year olds and above, loosely based on The Three Little Pigs. It was remounted as part of the Made in Scotland programme for the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 where it was awarded a Herald Angel. It lwas later nominated for 4 CATS awards amd won for Best Show for Children and Young People.
In 2016 he created Black Beauty with Shona Reppe, Andy Cannon and Ian Cameron with Red Bridge Arts and the Traverse Theatre. It was nominated for 5 CATS awards and won Best Design and Best Show for Children and Young People.
In 2017 he has created Night Light a new show with Teater Refleksion, Denmark and Red Bridge Arts. It was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and performed as part of the 2017 festival. In the same year he was also commissioned to create a new show for Gulbenkian. Stick by Me, a new show for 3-6 year olds, premiered at Gulbenkian's Boing Festival in 2017.
His directing credits include work for Catherine Wheels,Macrobert Arts Centre, M6 Theatre Company, Polka Theatre, Barneteatret Vart (Norway), Theater o.N, Theater Junge Generation (Germany) Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne
He has also worked as an actor on numerous productions for children and young people including two productions created by Mark Storor - Best Behaviour (Polka Theatre, London 2003) and For the Best (Unicorn Theatre 2009)
In 2012, while performing Pondlife at the Edinburgh Fringe, Andy was awarded a Herald Archangel.