We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Davies and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrew, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Great ideas often come when someone combines two old ideas, creating something amazing and new. That was the impetus for my starting The Bible Players. I was teaching in the world of Jewish education and at nights performing sketch and improv comedy. These were two great worlds that weren’t talking to each other at all. So I thought there could be a niche for a Jewish Comedy Group that used the tools of Improv and Comedy to explore Jewish values and stories. We started 10 years ago and have been performing and writing and growing ever since.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is about sharing the joy of improvisation, and the transformative power it can have. I am a comedy writer, improviser, and facilitator. Growing up I was always goofy and silly and somewhat of a clown. Every picture of me in the first 20 years of my life I’m making a strange face because I thought, “otherwise what’s the point?” Finding theater in high school was transformative because I realized that art is about achieving through collaboration, rather than competition. After college I pursued improvisation at the Magnet Theater in New York and was on a musical improv team. But I always struggled with the feeling that an artistic life is selfish and not making a contribution. I found my calling in The Bible Players and Charactours which both use improvisation and theater as a way to engage, entertain, and educate. I have learned that everything great requires a partner. I’ve been blessed to find those partners in my life and I always tell people if you have a great idea, find a great partner.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For me the great joy of cities is the exploration by foot or bike of the nooks and crannies. One of my favorite parts about LA are the staircases that you stumble on and climb to a whole new place. The hills provide a landscape of endless discovery. Get out of the car and walk or bike around! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to give a shout out to a teacher and a book. My High school teacher Steve Stroiman encouraged my creativity and innovation at a young age. He inspired me to understand that learning is a lifelong pursuit, and it’s something we choose. He celebrated our ideas and helped me to have more. I also wanted to give a shout out to the book “Do Improvise” by Robert Poynton. He brings the value of improvisation to life in a beautiful and simple way with the mantra, “Notice more, let go, use everything.” Many times in my life when I’ve felt down I’ve thought that as he says, “everything is an offer” and to notice what might be possible.