Andrew Utter is a graduate of the MFA directing program at the Yale School of Drama, where he encountered master acting teachers Earle Gister and Evan Yionoulis. Deeply impressed by their commitment to the visceral activation of the actor, he has made this priority the focus of his directing and teaching work. He has directed for Syracuse Stage, Fordham University, Clark University, and Emerging Artists (New York). He has appeared onstage at San Francisco’s Magic Theater in the premier of Chantal Bilodeau’s Pleasure and Pain. He has taught acting in Los Angeles and San Francisco for ten years. His students have appeared in television shows such as The Office and Parenthood. He founded a theater company in Los Angeles called Uranium Madhouse, which recently produced his authorized translation of Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man with support from the Goethe Institut Los Angeles and the International Brecht Society. He holds a Ph.D. in literature from Stanford University, where he wrote a dissertation on Austrian novelist and playwright Thomas Bernhard. He considers helping actors to light themselves on fire and deliver compelling, memorable work to be his life’s purpose.
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