Melvin Andrews, Director
MELVIN ANDREWS is our director. He developed a love for theatre in grammar school and pursued his dream as an acting major in the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University in Washington, D.C. This actor, director, agent/manager honed his skills on the stages of the Howard University Ira Aldridge Theater and Cramton Auditorium, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and on tour throughout the United States and in Dundalk, Ireland at the International Maytime Festival.
He has appeared in “Black Images/Black Reflections” on tour; “Brass Medallion” at the Kennedy Center, and “The Taking of Miss Janie” at the Back Alley Theater. He also appeared in Fox TV’s popular show, “America’s Most Wanted.” He has directed “Black Images/Black Reflections,” “Do You Like Good Music,” a Motown musical revue that received rave notices both in Washington DC and in the Bahamas. In addition to performance, in recent years, Melvin has focused his efforts on the development of talent and self-esteem in youth. Andrews developed the slogan for the KEC Children’s Theatre: “Reaching Children, Touching Lives.” Working with students from Anacostia Senior High School, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the DC Deputy Mayors “New Communities” Teen Healthy Living Initiative and the Myrtilla Miner Elementary School, he has invested in youth of all ages in the Washington Metropolitan Area, introducing them to the art of theatre.
Andrews has combined his love for theatre with his love and concern for todays’ children, as he has worked to create new opportunities for education, performance and career development. Despite the inherent challenges that often accompany programs based within inner city environments, he has creatively dismantled many of the barriers that confront youth in his programs. He encourages children of all races to work together and most importantly, he serves as a mentor and fellow cast member with his students, providing hands on direction and training. As a talent agent/manager, he has nurtured a number of the young talents who have appeared on television, stage and screen. His belief is that children develop self-esteem through self-expression and he carries this belief into his directing of the “My Little World”-A Day in Pre-School LIVE production. As a cast member, mentor and coach, Andrews’ expertise in the lives of children is invaluable; he is true master of his craft.
Together, your production team offers more than 75 years of expertise in program development and work with children. We look forward to your support and make a promise to deliver a wonderful, educational and fun filled program.