Drew the Dramatic Fool
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Drew the Dramatic Fool reinvents the ancient art of brilliant bumbling. Inspired by a thousands-of-years old tradition of royal jesters, vaudeville eccentrics, silent film comedians, animated cartoons, theatrical clowns, and imperfect humans everywhere, Drew offers amusement relevant for today‘s audiences by giving them laughter built on a range of human emotions, from joy to fear to despair and back to joy again.

This is Drew's life story:

Youth | Training | Stage | Events | Movies | Future
As a youngster, Drew began performing magic and juggling to compensate for his shyness. Now he plays the fool to take advantage of his increasing baldness.

Drew‘s life-long personal tension between drama and foolishness gelled while studying Theatrical Clowning under the tutelage of John Towsen at Ohio University. Left speechless after his academic achievement, Drew continued his studies with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. After recovering from those experiences, Drew moved to Chicago, and finally Pittsburgh. Drew continues to learn any chance he gets and strives to make his next show even better than the last.

Drew has performed in theaters and festivals all over the U.S.. Highlights include The Arden Theatre at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Palace of Variety in Times Square, and The NY International Festival Of Clown-Theatre at Westbeth Theatre Center. Drew has created five one-man shows including The Psychology of Clumsiness (twice picked as Critic‘s Choice by The Chicago Reader), and the current Help! Help! I Know This Title is Long, But Somebody's Trying to Kill Me! (“Ingenious”—Chicago Tribune).

Even when not performing in a theater, Drew brings a sense of theatricality to any venue.

Drew has been seen entertaining at major events such as The New York Toy Fair, Nemacolin Resort's Royal Reception, and Fox Television's Affiliate Party. He has twenty years experience bringing events to life and making thousands of people smile until their face hurts.

Drew wrote, directed, and starred in the short silent moving picture, The Guy Who Lived on a Chair, which was shown at The Chicago Short Comedy Video and Film Festival, Pittsburgh Film Kitchen, and Try It Quiet: New Silent Films presented by The Silent Film Society of Chicago. His one-minute silent movies (The Guy Who series) are currently showing in major motion picture theatres around the United States.

Drew has taught classes and workshops in Dramatic Foolery for colleges, universities, conferences, and theater companies. Drew taught Dramatic Foolery workshops at such formerly venerable institutions as the University of Michigan, Roosevelt University, Columbia College, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

Drew also taught ”Improvising Physical Comedy” at The Big Stinkin’ Improv Festival in Austin, Texas and ”Creating Visual Comedy“ at Motionfest in Baltimore. In Chicago, he served as clown consultant/instructor for 500 Clown Macbeth, Strawdog Theatre, and Powertap Productions/Next Theatre Lab.

For two years, Drew served as Artist in Residence for the Chicago Park District and Free Street Theatre, where he combined circus skills with literacy exercises. He also taught medical students at Northwestern University where to find their funny bones.

Coming soon.