playwright, librettist, screenwriter
Produced widely in both The United States and Australia, Drew made his Off-Broadway premiere of his new play OUT OF ICELAND in the spring of 2012 starring Lea Delaria at Walker Space. A native of the South, his focus is often on crafting strong, fallible, and complex female protagonists in seemingly unreal circumstances.
He has been a semi-finalist at the O’Neill Theatre Conference, The Lark Playwrights’ Week, the Heidman Award, P73 Playwriting Fellowship and a writing residency at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. His short play, THE ANNIVERSARY, received its world premiered in Australia, a U.S. premiere in New York, and published in Vintage Anthology’s recent SHORTER, FASTER, FUNNIER. His full-length play, THE CANNIBALS OF MCGOWER COUNTY—the first in a trilogy of plays about the South—was featured in Asolo Repertory’s Unplugged Festival of New Work, Denizen Theatre’s New Play Development Series, and also an O’Neill Finalist. SMITHTOWN, starring Michael Urie and Constance Shulman, is premiering digitally through the Studios of Key West in November 2020.
His musical THE NEW PEGGY (co-lyrics and music by J. Oconer Navarro) was featured at The Green Room 42 in concert and produced by the Micro Musical Theatre Podcast on iTunes starring Ann Harada. Drew wrote and co-created the six-part original scripted series, JANICE GUNTER GHOST HUNTER, which is available for streaming on Roku’s Whohaha. His musical co-written with Billy Recce, THE BESTEST OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY EVER, is digitally premiering this December through The New York Theatre Barn.
Additional writing residencies include Djerassi, Key West Literary Seminar, Studios of Key West, and Telluride Playwright’s Festival. A former member of Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA’s Playwrights Coalition, he is based out of New York only when he’s not aggravated with New York—developing new plays, musicals, as well as original and adapted work for the screen.