Andrew has been the BFA coordinator for the musical theater program at Southern Illinois University since fall of 2019. In that time, he has added an industry Senior Showcase, grown enrollment by joining Acceptd and various Unifieds across the country, and invited more industry professionals to do master classes and workshops. He also established a collaborative arrangement with Capital City Theatre to use SIU students in shows and as apprentices with the company.
Andrew has worked Off-Broadway, in London, regionally and on tour as a professional director, musical director, and conductor. Off-Bway: Pirates of Penzance (New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players), Between the Lines (York Theater). London: Diary of a Nobody (Might Fin Players). Tours: Cinderella (with Eartha Kitt), State Fair (with John Davidson), Cabaret (with Andrea McCardle), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Fiddler on the Roof (with Theodore Bikel); Regional: Between the Lines (Luna Stage), Masterclass (with Rosemary Prinz), Mikado (Theatre Virginia), Violet (with Leigh Ann Larkin at Capital City Theatre), and Gypsy (with Michele Ragusa), and numerous others. Andrew is a graduate of the advanced year of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop in NYC where he wrote the music for the musical but I'm a Cheerleader, which headlined the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2005 and had a reading in London in 2013 with Jerry Mitchell. Andrew has also worked as a vocal coach, acting coach and voice teacher at Hofstra University, New York Film Academy, NYU, AMDA, and
privately in NYC. In 2011 he lived in London and taught at London’s premiere musical theatre school, Mountview Academy, while getting his Masters in Musical Theatre Writing from the University of London. His students have ranged from high school age to professional Broadway performers (including Tony Award winners). He co-founded Capital City Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin’s professional regional musical theatre company, which employs actors from NYC, Chicago, Madison and all over the
Up Next, Andrew is set to direct Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 in June of 2022 for Capital City Theatre.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Four Seasons Theatre (Madison, WI)
“Director Andrew Abrams has put together a dynamite show, visually, technically, and artistically….Abrams’ production is full of polish and 1920’s glamour, from the clean tap dancing to the feathered headdresses…Four Seasons’ “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a beautiful, well-made show with many quality performances, a full, bright orchestra and technical design. Madison, it doesn’t get much better than this.”
Theatre Virginia (Richmond,VA)
“…Wesbrooks and musical director Andrew Abrams, Who conducts a fine 10-piece orchestra, cast their show to achieve a strong balance between acting and singing skills.”