Andria attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts during her middle school years and travelled the country bus and truck style with a musical show during her high school years. Staying in people’s homes across the USA left an indelible impression on her as she observed first-hand how others think, live and dress, according to the economic necessities and surroundings of their lives.
Andria apprenticed at the John Drew Theatre and was an assistant for two years at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She earned her BFA degree from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts.
Andria established her lighting design career in New York City on Broadway and Off Broadway, working with directors and playwrights on original plays and musicals, as well as with regional theatres. She toured with Julliard’s The Acting Company and several dance and opera companies. She also taught Theatre Arts at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance.
From there, Andria worked many years for a major multi-media event company as part of a team that produced leading edge corporate launches and meetings that often included musical and acting presentations.
Miry Brook Johnson is Andria’s first completed novel. Women’s Fiction. Set in the Plains of Oklahoma, it is about a lonely, insecure girl and how she learns to become a grown-up.
Her second novel, Life in Place, is Historical Fiction Fantasy which starts in 1568 and ends in present day. Three distant cousins thread the stories through the centuries of the mysterious wooded spheres who hold the secrets to finding peace of mind and a little time travel.
She has written several short stories which received several Honorable Mentions in writing contests. She also developed and wrote many pieces, interviews, and blogs through Hotel News Now and MeetingKnowledge.com.
Andria is a member of the American Writers and Artists, Inc. (AWAI) and Circle of Success and have attended writer’s conferences and workshops, including the Writer’s Digest Conference and Pitch Slam.
She lives in Ridgefield, CT.