Andy grew up around punk music and alternative theatre in the Great American West. After graduating from Arizona School for the Arts, he attended Harvard College, where he studied American History and Literature, wrote and produced six plays, recorded and performed original music, lived in a coop with thirty other people, learned a great recipe for sweet potato tacos, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. His play Acres of Diamonds won the Phyllis Anderson Prize for Playwriting, and he was awarded the John Harvard Prize and the Detur Book Prize. His plays have since been performed at the Providence, Washington, DC, and New York fringe festivals. He is currently pursuing an MFA at Columbia University while working on new plays about the Czech underground and the French symbolist poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud.
Andy served as an eighth grade English coach for City Year Providence. During this time, he led an after-school theatre program, edited a student newspaper, and planned events designed to promote literacy and the performing arts. He is also the head of dramatic writing for Broadway for All, a theatre non-profit in New York. He is interested in teaching literacy and social studies through engagement in social justice issues. He has special expertise in history, literature, government, philosophy, current events, theatre, religion, and SAT prep.
When he is not tutoring, Andy enjoys writing plays and performing improv comedy.