Andrew Simpson is an actor, clown and theatre-maker based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Andrew makes original performance work in collaboration and solo that often has a strong visual and character focus. He is a physical performer with a light, mischievous style and playful approach to ensemble dynamics, audience interaction and improvisation. Andrew enjoys making performances that happen in unusual or non-theatre spaces and embracing the stupid, the absurd, the impossible and the hopeless.
He studied Drama and Performance at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh before going onto train on the Physical Theatre Diploma at Summerhall, Edinburgh; the Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw, Poland; with Altamira Studio Theatre at Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark and with Ensemble Lodi, Orio Litta, Italy. He has a great interest in clowning and being a fool generally and has trained with Spymonkey, Tim Lacata, John Wright, Al Seed, Jamie Wood and Hearts & Minds.
Recent projects include Draculala, an anarchic ensemble retelling of the Dracula story, The Party Shrimp project (Anatomy and Anatominis), Injusticia (Clown Cabaret Scratch Night, Surge, Manipulate Festival) and large scale, outdoor work in Galoshans Play (Surge/Rig Arts/Galoshans Festival).
In the past year he has had the pleasure of working with a number of artists and organisations including: Clown Cabaret Scratch Night; Anatomy Arts; Surge; Mischief La Bas; Anatomy; Lewis Sherlock; Ruxandra Cantir; Sarah Rose Graber; Fronteiras Theatre Lab; Physical Theatre Scotland; Delighters; At Your Leisure Festival; Manipulate; Hidden Door Arts Festival; Surge Festival; Edinburgh Multilingual Stories Festival.
He has taught workshops in physical performance for Queen Margaret University/Napier University BA Acting for Stage and Screen, Physical Theatre Diploma, (Fife College, Edinburgh), Edinburgh Physical Theatre Lab and Centro Studi Teatro Urbano (Orio Litta, Italy).