“A walk in the park with me is no walk in the park”
Drew Valins, native of Tampa, FL, has worked on the NY stage for eleven years in productions ranging from classical to contemporary to commedia and clown. As a six year member of the troupe Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, Drew has spent many summers on the tarmac in the East Village and on the stage in Bryant Park. Recently in the role of Iago, one critic said “Drew’s Iago is handled as expertly as Kenneth Branaugh’s with Lawrence Fishburne or Bob Hoskin’s with Anthony Hopkins’.”
Aside from Shakespeare, Drew has gravitated toward other European writers: His ongoing solo project, Franz Fragments, in which he theatrically probes the many works of Franz Kafka, has appeared on numerous stages and alternative spaces including his solo show: “A Report to an Academy” based on the short story by Kafka in which Drew plays a serious and passionate humanized ape. In recent years Drew collaborated with Prague’s Spitfire Company and DC’s Alliance for New Music Theater to portray Vaclav Havel’s alter ego, the dissident playwright Ferdinand Vanek.
Drew has worked with Anne Bogart (Columbia Stages), Bonnie Monte (Shakespeare Theater of NJ), The Vital Children’s Theater, and Jef Johnson of Slava’s Snowshow, as well as with countless Columbia Film Graduate students on their projects and is the star of the web series pilot The Mackenzie Dylan Show. His principal training is with the Shakespeare Theater of NJ, Dell Arte School of Physical Theater, Anna Brennen and Stageworks Theater, Michael Howard, Larry Singer, Jef Johnson, and the streets of NYC.
Finally Drew loves a shot of grapefruit juice in the morning