I am so happy to provide a referee statement for Andrei. My experience of him is as a director, a producer, a physical/boxing trainer, a voice coach, a mentor and as a friend.
One of Andrei's great strengths is his focus on the actor's instrument, both physical and vocal. He believes in an integrated instrument, and in my work with him I have seen him use physical expression to lead the voice, and vocal expression to lead the body, depending on the needs and capabilities of his actors. This work has been useful for character and textual requirements specific to performance, but also instrumentally as an actor. I have seen Andrei work first hand with a range of actors, from professionals and graduate actors from three year courses such as myself, to singers, amateur actors, and even first time actors. He has a wonderful ability to pinpoint the strengths, requirements and instrumental blocks of the actor in front of him, and work with them on their specific needs. He is also a firm believer in discipline, and expects a lot from his actors, as he demands from himself. I have seen him achieve great things over a few months of a rehearsal period, with some of his actors delivering performances that on first impression in the rehearsal room I didn't think they were capable of.
He has a massive capacity for research and academic work, which I experienced firsthand working with him on two stage productions: The Exonerated in 2015 and Desire Under the Elms in 2016, both of which he directed and produced. He researched and prepared for months before the shows were even cast, so he knew not only every inch of the text inside and out, every beat, every shift, the meaning of every word and phrase, but also aware of the context and influences of each piece, such as the life and history of Eugene O'Neill and the influence it had on Desire Under the Elms, and the complex contextual issues of race and justice in America explored in The Exonerated. He provided academic references, pictures, songs, character analyses, documentary links, and discussed other productions that he had tracked down. On top of this, Andrei is always referencing philosophy, training techniques, current events, and his study, among other things. As mentioned above, I have worked with Andrei while he produced and directed two stage productions that ran three weeks each, which he personally financed. The production of Desire Under the Elms was also completed while studying a double degree, a feat that I am still not sure how he managed!
Though secure in his own abilities, Andrei works for more than personal gain, and is no happier than to see his actor’s grow and stretch, while he watches (and laughs) from the back of the auditorium. His pride in his work is apparent in the way he speaks to audience members about the growth of his actors, and plays down his own role in that growth.
Andrei has a thirst for learning, a genuine care for people and a drive to work and earn his success, in order to provide service to the world.