Andrea McCormick, Executive Artistic Director

Andrea McCormick is a Performing Artist and Instructor from Cleveland, Ohio who has received her Bachelor of Arts from Wright State University in Theatre Studies and Vocal Music. Beginning with ballet at 4 years of age, she also continued her studies in various dance forms, including tap, African folk dance, liturgical/spiritual, jazz, musical theatre dance, modern/contemporary, hip hop, and Latin ballroom.

   

Post college, under the stage name Andrea Belser, Andrea has remained extremely active in the northeast Ohio theater community, receiving 2008 Best Actress in Cleveland for her role as Juliette in I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda at Dobama Theatre, and nomination as 2012 Best Actress in Cleveland for her role as Pecola in The Bluest Eye at Karamu House Theatre.

  

She presents herself on and off stage, doing anything from acting, dancing, or singing, to stage manager, choreographer, or costume assistant. She has also worked with several theaters, including but not limited to Cleveland Public Theatre, MegLouise Dance, Opera Cleveland, Opera Circle, Near West Theatre, The Fine Arts Association, The Lantern Theatre, and Talespinner Children's Theatre. 

 

Andrea currently teaches drama/theatre arts, musical theatre and dance in different theaters, outreach programs and venues, both in groups or private lessons. Since 2009, she has taught students ranging from 4 years old to adult, with theaters and companies such as Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Playhouse Square, Karamu House, Weathervane Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Foluke Cultural Arts Center, Ballet Excel Ohio, Brecksville Theatre on the Square, and Cleveland School of the Arts. You can find a few class performances and choreography by Andrea on her YouTube channel: Thespian Drea.

 

 

In addition to the arts, Andrea received her certificate as a level 3 Reiki Practitioner and ordained minister in 2015. She uses the holistic practice of Reiki with private clients and groups, and can assist with general health and wellness for all ages,