Andrea Arden Reese has been living and working as an actor, director, and teacher in New York City since 1987.
She was Co-founder and Artistic Director of the theater company Pendulum, where she directed and performed work that toured throughout the New York area and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Andrea has worked with such companies as the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Primary Stages, American Stage Company, the National Playwrights’ Conference, the Women’s Project and Productions, New Jersey Repertory, the Shoestring Players (winning the coveted Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Cafe Theater Inc. in residence at George Street Playhouse.
Andrea traveled through Europe and Russia in an original duet performance piece, Eggs in a Briar Patch, as well as created, performed and toured her one-woman show, The Cry of the Children. She spent a year in residence with Théâtre du Soleil in Paris in conjunction with the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU. Andrea is now the Artistic Director of the theater company THEATRE LILA, producing work throughout the country and in residence in New York City.
Andy received her BFA in drama from the Experimental Theater Wing, New York University, and her MFA in directing from Rutgers University. Andrea is currently an Assistant Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has served on Adjunct Faculties at Columbia University and Drew University. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Somerset County Performing Arts Conservatory for over 14 years, and was a featured teaching artist in the Annenberg Foundation/CPB channel The Art of Teaching the Arts video series. She is also a certified Feldenkrais “Awareness-Through-Movement” teacher.
Her entire life is devoted to exploring the power of theatrical storytelling and what makes theater a vital link to our humanity in modern society. As a teacher, she is committed to arousing her students’ curiosity in exploring the many landscapes of their artistic point of view and to supporting them in their continued discovery of who they are as human beings in the world. Above all else, she believes in creating a safe and supportive environment in which students are allowed to take giant leaps into the creative unknown.