Andrew Woolner


Andrew Woolner is a founding member of the Yokohama Theatre Ensemble and is the current Artistic Director of the Yokohama Theatre Group. He also teaches the core acting with a script classes for the group.

Before moving permanently to Japan in 2003, Andrew served as the Artistic Director of Squeeze-Box Theatre in Toronto, Canada. In his last two years with the company, he oversaw the production of 10 plays, including many of his own. Educated in Theatre at Young People's Theatre school and York University in Toronto, Andrew has done his duty as an Actor, Director, Playwright, Designer, Carpenter, Lighting Technician, Dramaturg, and Janitor; sometimes all at the same time on the same show.

Since joining YTG as Artistic Director in late 2006, Andrew has not only appeared in and directed many shows, but has spearheaded several changes in the group, including an internship program, a more active teaching program, the touring of shows to Tokyo, the touring of shows overseas, and the incorporation of YTG as an NPO Hojin.

Since 2011, he has concentrated on the creation of original works with other ensemble members as well as teaching theatre workshops for YTG and Daito Bunka University.

Andrew lives in Yokohama with his wife.

Andrew believes in the power of Theatre to change the world. 

Andrew Woolnerは横浜シアターグループのアーティスティックディレクターです。

Andrew Woolnerはカナダ・トロントのSqueeze-BoxのArtistic Directorとして活躍していました。そこでの2年間の活動中、彼は10個の演劇を監督してきました。


Banquo in The Tragedy of Macbeth, directed by Graig Russell

Edward Meyer Gross in Touch Me Not, directed by Tania Coke

Various roles in By the Hour, created and directed by the company

Andrew and Naritsune in Kikai-ga-shima, written and directed by Andrew Woolner and Graig Russell

Peter, Akbar, and Priest in The Teleportation Project, directed by Jochem van Rijsingen

39 the astronaut in 39 Redux, directed by Graig Russell

Various Roles in The House Show II, directed by Roni Tobias Gideon

え in The House Show, directed by Thijs van Elten

39 the astronaut in 39, directed by Kimberly Tierney

O'Brien in マレーヒルの幻影, directed by Iwamatsu Ryo

Lingk in Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by Chris Parham

Benedick/Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Woolner & Barnett

Malcolm in MacBeth, directed by D. Jeremy Smith

Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, directed by D. Jeremy Smith

King Henry V in Henry V, directed by Antoine DuChastel

 For Yokohama Theatre

The Beowulf Project


William Shakespeare's R3

Ring Round the Moon

This is Shakespeare!?

For Squeeze-Box Theatre (Toronto)

Prodigal Son

The Greatest Goddamn Grilled Cheese Sandwich in All of America

Much Ado About Nothing

Dearest Companion

This Is Shakespeare!?

Amos Takes Hogtown

Kikai-ga-shima (co-writer with Graig Russell)

The Teleportation Project (lead writer)

The House Show II (with Ensemble)

Earthawake (lead writer)

Tartuffe (original prose adaptation)


This is Shakespeare!? (compilation show)

The Greatest Goddamn Grilled Cheese Sandwich in All of America

Prodigal Son

Dearest Companion

Waiting for the Sun to Rise

Amos Takes Hogtown

Acting: Monologue (Ytheatre, 2012), Acting Clinic (Ytheatre, 2012) Scene Study (Ytheatre, 2010 & 2012), Shakespeare (Ytheatre, 2013), Scene Study (Ytheatre 2013), Monologue (YTG 2015), Playmaking (YTG 2015)

Daito Bunka Daigaku, Oral Communication Drama (April 2014 - Present)

Private Acting Coach (2010 - Present)

Kanto Plains Drama Festival (guest workshop director, 2008 - 2016)

TIP Masterclass Shakespeare Workshops (2008)

Assistant Teacher: Scene Study, Senior Scene Study, Touring Class '96 (Young People's Theatre, Toronto 1994-96)

Also: various junior high school and high school workshops.

B.F.A. Hons., Fine Arts (Theatre) York University, Toronto (1994 - 1998)

Senior Scene Study, Young People's Theatre (1992 - 1994)

Summer Drama Program in Oxford, Blythe & Company (Summer 1993)

Touring Class, Young People's Theatre (Summer 1992)


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