Drew Valins continues his performance streak as the dissident playwright Ferdinand Vaněk in Fall 2019 as part of the 30th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, starring in both Václav Havel’s Protest and Vaněk Unleashed by fellow company members composer Maurice Saylor and writer Susan Galbraith.
A native of Tampa, FL, Drew has worked on the NY stage for eleven years in productions ranging from classical to contemporary to commedia and clown. As a six-year member of the troupe Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, Drew has spent many summers on the tarmac in the East Village and on the stage in Bryant Park. Recently in the role of Iago, one critic said “Drew’s Iago is handled as expertly as Kenneth Branaugh’s with Lawrence Fishburne or Bob Hoskin’s with Anthony Hopkins’.”
His ongoing solo project, Franz Fragments, in which he theatrically probes the many works of Franz Kafka, has appeared on numerous stages. In collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2014 - Franz Kafka, Drew, in a stunning adaptation, brought to life Kafka’s riveting short story, “A Report to an Academy,” in which he plays a serious and passionate humanized ape.
Drew has worked with Anne Bogart (Columbia Stages), Bonnie Monte (Shakespeare Theater of NJ), The Vital Children’s Theater, and Jef Johnson of Slava’s Snowshow, as well as with countless Columbia Film Graduate students on their projects and is the star of the web series pilot The Mackenzie Dylan Show. His principal training is with the Shakespeare Theater of NJ, Dell Arte School of Physical Theater, Anna Brennen and Stageworks Theater, Michael Howard, Larry Singer, Jef Johnson, and the streets of NYC. In recent years Drew collaborated with Prague’s Spitfire Company and Please visit www.drewvalins.com for more information.