Andrew Thornton is an actor, director and teacher who grew up in San Antonio. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama and as a senior, performed at the Moscow Art Theatre in The Seagull. After spending almost a year in Moscow, Andy moved back to the States and lived in such diverse places as Austin, Boerne, New York, Delaware, and California. From 1993-2001 he was a founding member of the Knights of Indulgence Theatre United States (KITUS), a grassroots theatre company specializing in original material. KITUS spanned the performance spectrum, creating shows with sketch comedy, music, classics, silent film, and poetry, and made its home in rural Delaware before moving to northern California. In December of 1998, KITUS was featured in the Arts in America section of the New York Times.
Upon returning to Texas in 2003, Andy worked at Churchill High School, taking many students to National Forensics League speech tournaments and gaining honors in U.I.L. One-Act Play competitions. He coached the NFL national champions in Duo Interpretation in 2005, and took one-act plays to the state competition in 2007 and 2008. In that same year, he decided to leave the public school system and strike out on his own as an actor and director in San Antonio. Since then he has acted in numerous productions, and has also directed a few (see below).
Andy is thrilled to be starting River City Actors Studio, to give something back to his hometown, and to be working in the discipline of Theatre, which he dearly loves.
AS AN ACTOR:
At AtticRep: Lincolnesque (Francis), True West (Lee), The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (Martin), The Reason of the Insane Ones (Don), God of Carnage (Michael)
At Classic Theatre Company: The Glass Menagerie (Tom), Waiting for Godot (Estragon), Hedda Gabler (George), Ghosts (Manders), The Seagull (Dorn), Marriage Play (Jack), and You Can’t Take It With You (Paul).
At Public Theatre: The Hairy Ape (Long), Night of the Iguana (Shannon), Book of Days (Len), The Pillowman (Michal), Take Me Out (Mason), The Message (Another Man), Greater Tuna (Arliss Struvey, et al), Red (Mark Rothko), Spring Awakening (Adult Male), Wittenberg (Martin Luther), Of Mice and Men (George), and A Christmas Carol (Scrooge)
At Summer Repertory Company: Rabbit Hole (Howie)
At The Overtime Theater: Ugly People (Scott), The Screen Dreams of Buster Keaton (Buster Keaton), Queen’s Castle (White Knight)
At Trinity University: Booth (Junius), The Mouse Trap (Major Metcalfe)
For Allegro Stage Company: Cabaret (Herr Schultz)
For Opera San Antonio: Carmen (Guide), Tristan et Isolde (Narrator & Director), and The Barber of Seville (Ambrosio)
AS A DIRECTOR:
For Convergent Theatre Company: Barbra’s Wedding, Sight Unseen
For Classic Theatre Company: Uncle Vanya, Much Ado About Nothing, Cherry Orchard
For The Overtime Theater: The Good Samaritan, The Hard Bargain, All Good Things
For The Sheldon Vexler Theatre: The Last Night of Ballyhoo
For AtticRep: Straight, Fifty Words
For Public Theatre: Superior Donuts, November
For Texas Thespians: Coram Boy (Acting Coach)