Emerging musical theater artist Andrea Grody recently earned an M.A. with Highest Honors in Musical Theatre Music Directing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Music directing credits include ACTIVE VIRGIN at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, FLOYD COLLINS with the Princeton University Program in Theater, SWEENEY TODD at the College Light Opera Company, and ANYTHING GOES at the New London Barn Playhouse. As an assistant music director and music assistant, she has worked on the Broadway production of BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, with New York-based theater companies The Civilians and Prospect Theater Company, and regionally at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the McCarter Theatre. As a conductor, Andrea has led chamber ensembles, big bands, and full orchestras with material ranging from portions of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte to her own arrangements and compositions.
Andrea’s first full-length original musical, STRANGE FACES, premiered in April 2011 to sold-out audiences. For STRANGE FACES, Andrea was awarded the prestigious Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts. She has received a commission from the PRISM Saxophone Quartet and two commissions from the Kingswood-Oxford Octopipers, and she has twice written incidental music for productions at Theatre Intime. She also received the 2009 Milton Lyon Award for Outstanding Writing for her compositions and lyrics for the Princeton Triangle Club.
Andrea graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, where she majored in Music and minored in Theater. While at Princeton, she served as President of the Princeton University Players and as Writing Coordinator for the Princeton Triangle Club. She has studied piano and voice from a young age and earned a Performer’s Certificate in Classical Piano from the Hartt School of Music in 2006.