Drew Valins, native of Tampa Florida, blood relative to New York City, is a performer in various forms. Drew began his training with Anna Brennen of Stageworks Theater in Tampa, FL and in Classical acting at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, and then went on to train in Commedia at the del Arte School of Physical Theater, in Clown with various teachers including Jef Johnson of Slava’s Snowshow, and in contemporary scene study with Michael Howard and Larry Singer. For the past five years Drew has toured Franz Kafka’s “Report to an Academy” in which he plays Rotpeter the humanized ape. Drew’s current solo show “Franz Fragments” was recently a part of the Emerging Artists “One Man Standing” Solo Festival the Midtown International Theater Festival in NYC. Drew was recently featured in two sexy/cool music videos, one of which won an “Emmy” in Finland as well as in the upcoming webseries: The MacKenzie Dylan Show, in which he plays a journalist with a talk show in his head. In the Fall Drew will be collaborating with Mirenka Cechova and Susan Galbraith in the Vaclav Havel Project as part of the Czech Mutual Inspirations Festival.
Before landing in New York nine years ago, Drew completed his MA in Counseling Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California where he deepened his interest in Jungian studies and mythology, as well as a two year stint in Medical School before dropping out due to inner tectonic shifting. He also graduated magna cum laude from The University of Pennsylvania with a BA in French. Presently, Drew parlays his performing experiences, as both an actor and as a student, in his work tutoring high school kids for standardized tests, helping them unlock their potential to perform under pressure.
For more about Drew, his reel, and a complete resume of past theater and film work: www.drewvalins.com