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Meet Andrew Leeds of The Groundlings Theatre & School in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Leeds.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Andrew. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was younger, my mom enrolled me in a musical theater class at the Largo Rec Center in Florida to try to help me get over my shyness. It didn’t quite work, but it got me into acting and singing. When I was seven years old, a show came to Florida for a pre-Broadway tryout – a musical called Teddy & Alice. They ended up hiring me to be the understudy for the show and when they went on to New York I asked if I could go with them and they magically said, “Yes!” Pretty crazy. And lucky. From there, I did a lot more theater. Then some movies. Then went to Stanford and studied computer science and directed musicals. Later, I moved to LA and got into doing stuff at The Groundlings and writing television.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A smooth road? No way. I don’t think it’s smooth for almost anyone. It’s a lot of rejection. A lot of questioning if you’re any good. A lot of learning and figuring things out. And then some moments that are really rewarding and fun. Then it’s back to the beginning of the cycle. What can I do next? How can I be better? What can I do that’s new for me?

The Groundlings Theatre & School – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Groundlings are all pretty different, but we’re also all kind of the same. All of us in the company share some common sensibility, but part of what makes that place so great is how different we all are too. I can look at everyone and point out something that they do that I cannot. I definitely have sometimes leaned into doing sketches that are more musical in nature and that has been really fun for me. As a company, I’m most proud that we work very hard to keep growing and getting better, and it’s simply because we want to. We care and have pride in our theater. I love that we are motivated to make a great show for our audiences and each other.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think the most important thing for anybody pursuing acting, writing or directing is to be doing it. So that means not just waiting around for the phone to ring, but getting out there and creating your own work. It’s the best way to grow and test your limits. It’s also the best way to show people what you can do. So, I’m trying more and more to focus on that. It’s also incredibly fulfilling.

Contact Info:

  • Address: The Groundlings Theatre – 7307 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
  • Website: https://www.groundlings.com/
  • Phone: 323-934-4747 ×1
  • Email: boxoffice@groundlings.com

Image Credit:
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist still – Photo by: James Dittiger/NBC; Rest of the photos can be Courtesy of The Groundlings

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