I strive to cultivate the personal strengths of students, engage them in a process of self-discovery and creative empowerment, and challenge them to bring this confidence and artistry into the larger world.
Andrea Southwick joined the Conservatory in 2012 and is a full-time faculty member in the Theater Division. She teaches acting for sophomores and graduate students and is a director of Mainstage and Black Box productions.
Southwick is a longtime actor, director, and teacher of theater arts. She has worked professionally with many area theaters, including the New Repertory Theatre, the Lyric Stage Company, Gloucester Stage Company, Underground Railway Theater, Nickerson Theatre, Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Rep Company, Triangle Theater Company, Theater in Process, and Boston Playwrights' Theatre. Southwick has also been a guest director and/or theater arts faculty member at Boston University College of Fine Arts, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Clark University. She founded and ran Southwick Studio for Theatre Arts & Expression in Watertown and Acton, Massachusetts, which offered all levels of theater arts courses for professionals and amateurs and mounted numerous productions. Prior to this, she was the education director at the New Repertory Theatre’s acting studio. Southwick was voted Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year (2015) in the Theater Division by Boston Conservatory's Student Government Association.
Southwick’s education includes an M.F.A. in theater arts (directing, acting, and theater education) from Boston University College of Fine Arts, a B.A. in expressive therapies and theater arts from Lesley University, and three years of professional performance training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City (where she was also chosen to join the exclusive 20-member production company). She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), SAG, and AFTRA.
Southwick currently runs Southwick Studio on a part-time basis in Acton, Massachusetts, with private coaching locations in Boston and Acton.
- Alice in War by Steven Bogart (Boston Conservatory, 2015)—Director
- Romeo and Juliet (Northeastern University, 2014)—Director
Vieux Carré by Tennessee Williams (Boston Conservatory, 2013)—Director
Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler (Boston Conservatory, 2012)—Director
Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire (Clark University, 2011)—Director