Andrea Helene began performing in theater and musical theater as a child and ultimately received her B.A. from Rice University, where she studied under renowned director Neil “Sandy” Havens and produced and performed in numerous theater productions. Andrea subsequently studied improv comedy at Second City Players Workshop in Chicago and the Meisner technique with Robert Carnegie at Playhouse West in Los Angeles. Andrea began teaching Meisner at Playhouse West in 1998 and taught, acted in, directed and produced plays, including many projects with James Franco, at Playhouse West until 2007. During that time she also followed her passion for working with children and taught in Westwood Charter School’s after school drama program, cultivating children’s understanding of the emotional circumstances of plays, encouraging work beyond the traditional model for children.
Andrea taught Meisner technique as well as on-camera work with Wendy Davis at the LA Actors Center, and in early 2014 joined the staff at Studio 4. Fluent in German and with a working knowledge of French, she has also taught actors of the Prague Playhouse and at Berlin’s Actor’s Space. Andrea’s film work includes COLOMBIANA (directed by Olivier Megaton); BUKOWSKI (directed by James Franco); TRUE LOVE (dir by Henry Barrial, selection Sundance Writer’s Lab); PITSTOP (dir by Melanie McGraw, winner, Student Academy Award); HERE’S THE KICKER (dir by Chris Harris); FIGHTING WORDS (dir by Paul Edwards) ; A MINOR INCIDENT (dir by Joe Hackett); HARVEST (dir by Graham Tallman); CODENAME: SIMON (dir by Graham Tallman) and A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (dir by Penny Marshall). Her television credits include many national commercials, including many working with children, one of her specialties, as well as work on THE NEW NORMAL, DON’T TRUST THE B—in APARTMENT 23, and WEST WING.
Theatrically Andrea has performed on stages in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, starring in plays and musicals such as WORKING, BUS STOP, ORPHEUS DESCENDING, UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS, and CHICAGO and winning several awards for her performances. Los Angeles theater appearances include a widely praised performance in Lanford Wilson’s BURN THIS, which she also co-produced and co-directed; The EXONERATED (opposite Jeff Goldblum), and HAMLET (opposite Mark Pellegrino) as well as original musicals and theater benefits.
Andrea is thrilled to be teaching at Studio 4 and now to be opening Studio 4’s Young Actors Program!