|Name Andy Sandberg|
|Movies The Living|
|Education Yale University, Yale College|
Awards Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical
Nominations Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play
Similar Christina Bianco, Carl Moellenberg, Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Ken Mahoney
Andy Sandberg is an American director, writer, actor, and Tony Award winning producer. A 2005 graduate of Yale College, his Off-Broadway directing credits include Straight, Application Pending (also author), Shida, Craving for Travel (also author), Operation Epsilon, and The Last Smoker in America. He is also known as a producer of the Broadway (2009) and West End (2010) revivals of the musical Hair (2009 Tony Award).
Director and Writer
He was represented Off-Broadway as the director of Straight, which was named a Critics’ Pick by The New York Times, citing that the production was “directed with polished finesse by Andy Sandberg.”
He previously wrote and directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of Application Pending, a comedy about kindergarten admissions that he co-authored with Greg Edwards (Westside Theatre; BroadwayWorld Award – Best Off-Broadway Play; Drama Desk Nomination – Outstanding Solo Show).
Additional directing credits include the world premieres of Craving for Travel, which he also wrote with Greg Edwards (Peter J. Sharp Theater @ Playwrights Horizons); Shida, a new musical by Jeannette Bayardelle (Ars Nova; four AUDELCO Award Nominations, including Best Director and Best Musical; also at the American Repertory Theater in 2014; LA premiere in 2015); The Last Smoker in America, an original musical by Tony nominee Bill Russell and Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick (Westside Theatre); and Alan Brody’s Operation Epsilon (Four IRNE Awards, including Best Director, Best Play, and Best Ensemble; Three Elliot Norton Award Nominations).
Sandberg also directed Bernice Bobs Her Mullet in 2007 (NYMF), R.R.R.E.D. in 2009 (NYMF), Zelda at the Oasis in 2012 (St. Luke's) and "Eli’s Comin’ to Broadway," a BC/EFA benefit hosted by Nathan Lane (Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center), as well as two Sing for Hope benefits, featuring Dick Cavett, Michael Cerveris and Richard Kind.
In 2007, Sandberg assisted Hal Prince on the Broadway production of LoveMusik (SDC Fellowship), and he served as the Associate Director to Sheryl Kaller on Christopher Durang and Peter Melnick’s Adrift in Macao at Primary Stages.
Other upcoming directing projects include Night for Day, a new play by Academy Award nominee Nicholas Kazan; Persephone, an original rock musical based in Greek mythology; and Sacrilegious, a new play by Academy Award winner Tom Schulman.
At age 25, Sandberg became the youngest producer in history to win a Tony Award.
He has been represented on Broadway and London's West End as a producer of the hit revival of Hair (2009 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards),the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, starring James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, Eric McCormack, and John Larroquette (2012 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Nominations), and Will Eno's critically acclaimed play The Realistic Joneses, starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei.
In the fall of 2009, Sandberg partnered with Daryl Roth to produce the New York premiere of Vigil, starring Malcolm Gets and Helen Stenborg. In the spring of 2010, Sandberg was one of the lead producers of Paradise Found, a new musical co-directed by Hal Prince and Susan Stroman, produced at London's Menier Chocolate Factory and starring Mandy Patinkin. Off-Broadway, he was also a producer of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Nora and Delia Ephron (2010), and the lead producer of A Perfect Future, a new play by David Hay (2011).
He served as the Executive Producer for hit Off-Broadway revival of Pageant (2015 Drama Desk nomination).
In 2010, he directed and produced a Columbus, Ohio production of The Last Smoker in America, a new musical by Bill Russell and Peter Melnick, which subsequently opened in New York in the Summer of 2012 under Sandberg's direction.
As an actor, Sandberg appeared as Jimmy opposite Lea Michele in the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) production of Hot and Sweet. Other roles have included Huck in Big River, Sam in Fully Committed, and Joey in Scarlett Fever. He has appeared in the films The Living and The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek.
Sandberg began acting in school productions as a child. He graduated from the Browning School in 2001 and Yale College in 2005 with a B.A. in English (Writing Concentration) and Theater Studies. While at Yale, Sandberg performed with and served as the business manager for the Whiffenpoofs and the Yale Alley Cats. At Yale, he performed in and/or directed over 30 productions including Side Show, Parade, The Laramie Project, Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years and The Goat or Who is Sylvia?
Awards and Nominations
Hair (2009) - Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award, Outer Critics Circle Award - Best Revival of a Musical
The Best Man (2012) - Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Nominations - Best Revival of a Play
Operation Epsilon (2013) - IRNE Award - Best Director
Shida (2013) - AUDELCO Award Nomination - Best Director
Application Pending (2015) - Broadway World Award - Best Off-Broadway Play; Drama Desk Nomination - Outstanding Solo Show; Book Pipeline Competition Winner
Sandberg is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the Off-Broadway League. He currently sits on the boards of the Yale Dramatic Association, the Whiffenpoof Alumni Association, and the Browning School (NY). He is President of both the Browning Alumni Association and the Yale Alley Cats Alumni Organization.