Andrew Davidson is an Australian theatre practitioner, musician, and award-winning teacher. He is Senior Lecturer in Acting & Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting (GSA), University of Surrey. Andrew is a graduate of Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He directs plays, opera, musicals, and cabaret. As Head of Dramatic Arts at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), Andrew established a unique training programme in Acting and Theatre Making. Andrew studied music composition at The University of Sydney. As a composer, he has written for drama, musical theatre, and dance. As a music educator, he is a qualified teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Kodály Musicianship. As a freelance musician, he plays piano for ballet and contemporary dance. Andrew is a published researcher and has presented at international conferences and symposia.
University roles and responsibilities
- Senior Lecturer in Acting & Musical Theatre
- Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Theatre
- Teaching on all performance programmes
- Wellbeing Champion for GSA
- Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England)
- LGBTQIA+ Awareness Trainer for UoS
Affiliations and memberships
In the media
2015-present: As a Senior Lecturer at GSA, Andrew teaches across all programmes in Acting, Actor Musician, Musical Theatre, and Applied Theatre. Andrew has directed projects including: All My Sons, Everybody's Talking about Jamie, Fiddler on the Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Hedda Gabler, The Heidi Chronicles, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rabbit Hole, The Taming of the Shrew, and Women of Troy.
2013-2015: As an Associate Lecturer at Drama Centre London, Andrew taught Acting through Song for the BA Actors, and Ensemble Singing for the MA Actors. He was an Associate at Arts Ed and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Andrew was the Acting Tutor for Central School of Ballet and a Piano Accompanist for London Contemporary Dance. He taught Dalcroze Eurhythmics for Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Dalcroze UK.
2007-2013: As Head of Dramatic Arts at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), Andrew created and led the Bachelor of Performance degree. Andrew taught Performance Skills, Performance Practice, and Contextual Studies. He directed productions including: Before / After, The Laramie Project, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, On the Razzle, Playhouse Creatures, pool (no water), Women of Troy, and The Who's Tommy.
2001-2006: As Musical Director for Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), Andrew wrote music for plays by Tommy Murphy and Rebel Wilson. He created music for the ATYP Foundation Launch and led the songwriter cabaret, Songs for the Numb. He was awarded ATYP Tutor of the Year in 2006. In this same period, Andrew directed Tony Kushner's The Illusion, and an acclaimed production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.