Andy Lowe (Director / Producer / Pirate)- Andy was a winner of the California Young Playwrights Contest in 1994, where his play The Cultural Hyphen was praised and endorsed by David Henry Hwang and Edward Albee. In 1995, he Co-founded the San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre where he was the company's Producing Artistic Director for ten years ('95-'05) and over thirty-five full stage productions, and countless staged readings of original or under-produced plays by Asian American Writers.
In 2001 Andy helped inaugurate San Diego's first Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Festival ('01-'03), and has been an active board member, and participant for various Asian American community organizations including Organization of Chinese Americans, SD Alliance for APIA's, and an event coordinator for the Asian Cultural Festival, and Amp Music Festival. For his work he has received various honors including two mayoral commendations and was recognized as one of the "Top 30 most influential Asian Americans Under the age of 30" of 2001 (Political Circus Magazine).
After receiving a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program through the California State Library, Andy, with the Asian Story Theatre, developed Dear Miss Breed(’07) at the Lyceum Theatre, based on the award winning book by Joanne Oppenheim, and has volunteered his time mentoring and directing for UCSD's student driven Asian American Theater Festival. Andy is currently employed with the La Jolla Playhouse where he serves as the Theatre in Residence Program Coordinator, and continues to independently develop theatrical projects through his own Chinese Pirate Productions brand, including last summer's nationally acclaimed production of Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, which he lovingly directed, produced and adapted (like the true "Fanboy" he is...)
Andy is happy to put another notch next to his personal David Henry Hwang checklist having personally produced, directed, or performed M.Butterfly, Bondage, Trying to Find Chinatown and FOB (which incidentally was the first play he memorized at age 6 while being babysat back stage of Pacific Asian Actors Ensemble's1982 production at the old Marquis Public Theatre.)
(Directing credits include; Trying to find Chinatown ('98), Cleveland Raining ('99), F.O.B ('01), The Goddess Of Flowers ('02), Fentor ('03), Dear Miss Breed ('07), UCSD AATF 3, 4, 5 ('08-'10), Letters to a Student Revolutionary ('10), This Girl I Used to Know ('10), Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog-LIVE(San Diego)('11).