Welcome back to Andy Meyers, originally from Missoula, MT! Andy returns to the BSP season after season to direct. We’re so pleased that Andy just can’t seem to get enough of Montana and chooses to join us year after year. Learn more about Andy below!
What role(s) do you play at the BSP this season?
This season I directed, YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN.
What is your personal history with theatre?
Growing up in Missoula, I started performing at a very young age at Missoula Children’s Theatre. I was instantly ‘hooked’ and would spend every second I could in rehearsals, watching old movie musicals or listening to cast albums.
I attended a boarding school for my junior and senior years of high school — Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston — and earned my BA in Theatre from Wagner College on Staten Island. I returned to Missoula for my Masters in Musical Theatre at the University of Montana.
I have been based out of NYC since the late 90s, but tend to live out of my suit case often – where ever work leads me. I have been fortunate to have steady theatre work for my entire career (never had a “day job”!), and continue to split my time between acting and directing. Some of my favorite projects have been performing in the national tours of ANNIE and BUS STOP, and playing Dick in the 35th Anniversary Off-Broadway revival of DAMES AT SEA…. when I still had all my hair.
How long have you been at Bigfork Summer Playhouse?
I have been coming to Bigfork off and on since 2000 when I first appeared in the acting company. This past couple seasons I have loved coming in to direct and choreograph (Andy-ography!) the first show.
Growing up in Montana, it was my dream to join the company one day. My parents would try to take me to see a few shows every summer. I could not wait to buy the souvenir program and read about all the actors and staff. I especially loved being in the company during the 50th season and getting to be part of the 50th Anniversary celebration — I felt star-struck to meet so many alums that I had idolized as a child.
So. Many. Things. Having returned for multiple seasons, I have become great friends with many members of the community — I love getting to see them all and spend time on the lake (with plenty of sun screen)! I always crave all my favorite Bigfork restaurants during the off-season, so my meals are very well planned and scheduled when I arrive.
What are your plans after the BFSP season ends?
I am currently the Artistic Director of Fort Peck Summer Theatre in NE Montana, so I am here for the remainder of the summer. Following our season, I will return to Bigfork to direct the fall Bigfork Children’s Theatre productions, then I have a few projects lined up in Missoula (I always like to find as many Montana projects as possible!). At the end of the fall, I will be heading back to Arizona Broadway Theatre to direct KING AND I and perform in LES MISERABLES.