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Drew Valins

"A walk in the park with me is no walk in the park"

I was born in Philadelphia and raised in Tampa Florida. I grew up in swimming pools wearing speedos and I became a (very) competitive swimmer. I went on to University of Pennsylvania, eventually quit swimming, let my hair grow, got my degree in French, and then took off to live on a Kibbutz in Israel for a year, a time when my mind exploded in various colorful ways. Then I returned to the US to begin a short-lived and ill fated stint in medical school, dropped out, got an MA in Counseling on the west coast and then and only then did I finally know that I wanted to act. I moved to NYC 15 years ago and began the intense and everlasting journey of art.

Most of my 15 years here in NYC have been on the stage. I’m a veteran member of the Drilling Company with whom I’ve done lots of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, as well as in Bryant Park where I recently directed and played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’m also a member of the Alliance for New Music Theatre in Washington, DC; In our Havel Project, I performed as Vaclav Havel’s alter ego in two of his one act plays as well as in an original musical based on his years in prison as a political dissident. And I’ve developed and performed my own solo work, in particular a piece by Franz Kafka which I toured for a number of years.

Age Range

30s, 40s

Gender Identity

Males

ETHNICITY - IDENTITY AND/OR APPEARANCE

White: Eastern European

Race - Identity

White

Languages

English, French, Hebrew, Other (listed in actor bio)

Union Status

Equity

Drivers License

License

Singer

Singer

Dancer

Non-dancer

Comedy

Improv

City Based

New York City