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Andy Offutt Irwin

With a manic, Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, and heart-filled stories, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer.

A storyteller, theatre director, singer-songwriter, and Shakespearean actor, Andy has been Artist-in-Residence at Emory University’s Oxford College since 1991. He has performed at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York, The Library of Congress, Walt Disney World, and a bunch of times at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Andy lives in Covington, Georgia. He thinks he is funny.

Andy's Bio for Educational Institutions

Andy Offutt Irwin

Andy Offutt Irwin is an arts educator, theatre director, songwriter, comedian, keynote speaker, and traveling writer & storyteller.

As a one-person showman, Andy has been a perennial favorite of the Teller-in-Residence Program at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, (twelve seasons, now) and he has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival seven times as of 2017.

From 1991 to 2007 he was Artist in Residence at Oxford College of Emory University where in 2001 he was the recipient of the Sammy Clark Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service. He continues providing theatre and service projects for Emory’s Oxford Campus (where he is now known officially as Artist in Just Passing Through).

Since 1993 Andy has worked in conjunction with Oxford’s Counseling and Career Services, designing original theatrical orientation programing aimed at empowering student Peer Assistant Leaders (PALs) with tools to guide incoming freshman into a greater awareness of social and health issues.

From 1993 – 2015 Andy was a teaching artist with Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. He continues to receive fee support from the Georgia Council for the Arts, as a member of the Touring Artists Roster.

Other Trophies: He is a recipient of seven Storytelling World Awards; Two Just Plain Folks Awards, and in 2013 he received the Oracle Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network, and a Parents’ Choice Honor for his kids’ album, “Andy’s Wild Amphibian Show!” In 2017 Andy received a Special Congressional RecognitionFor outstanding and invaluable service to the community. From Rep. John Lewis.

Other Notable Arts Education Engagements Include…

LaGuardia School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts (the FAME! School)
New York, NY: Visiting Lecturer and Performer

Library of Congress-Virburnum Foundation Conference on Family Literacy:
Keynote Speaker/Performer

Georgia College: Playwright in Residence

Georgia Tech: Visiting Performer, Songwriter with the Georgia Tech Glee Club

Amherst College, Men’s Double Quartet: Visiting Songwriter

University of Alabama: Resident Facility Speaker Series

Conference on Children’s Literature, Ft Lauderdale, Florida, 2012:
Keynote Speaker

On Stage Atlanta Youth Theatre Camp: Director, 2004 – 2011

The University of Nebraska at Kearney: Guest Lecturer – 2012, 2017

East Tennessee State University, Storytelling Institute: Guest Instructor – 2017

Everybody is impressed to know that from 1984 to 1989 Andy began his career selling out to a mouse at Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center where, under the auspices of SAK Theatre he performed, wrote, and directed live comedy shows.

Andy lives in Covington, Georgia. He thinks he is funny.

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Andy’s Overly-long Bio

Andy Offutt Irwin

With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises (arguably, the greatest whistler in the world) one-person-showman, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. One of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States, Andy is a perennial favorite of the Teller-in-Residence Program at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and he has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival nine times (as of 2017).

Along with being a vagabond storyteller, Andy works as an arts educator, keynote speaker, theatre director, songwriter, comedian, newspaper columnist, camp counselor, and Shakespearian actor.

For grown-ups:
Andy’s character-filled, one-person shows and storytelling performances center around the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old-widowed-newly-minted-physician-aunt, Marguerite Van Camp, a woman who is keeping her finger on the pulse of the changing world around her as she seeks to grow – even at her advanced age – in these United States and the New South.  Every show includes original songs, and of course, whistling. Please note, Andy’s grown-up shows are family friendly. So, there.

For kids:
An award-winning children’s performer, Andy has disrupted the day in hundreds of schools and libraries from Port Angeles, Washington to St Thomas, US Virgin Islands… from Los Angeles to New England.

If asked if he would rather perform for kids or grown-ups, Andy shrugs and says:
“The secret is this: treat children with the respect you give adults, and treat grown-ups with the exuberance children crave.”

Among other gigs, Andy has been a Guest Artist at La Guardia High School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts in New York (The “FAME!” School); he has been a Keynote Speaker/Performer at the Library of Congress-Virburnum Foundation Conference on Family Literacy; a Guest Writer Performer with the Georgia Tech Glee Club; and a guest composer with the Amherst College Men’s Double Quartet.

Andy has held a few almost-real-jobs that include: Artist-In-Residence in Theatre at Emory University’s Oxford College from 1991 to 2007. (He continues serving at Oxford from time-to-time as Artist-in-Just-Passing-Through). A very long time ago, Andy spent five years as a performer, writer, and director for SAK Theatre at Walt Disney World.

Andy has also been gainfully employed as …
a garbage man, a carpenter’s flunky, a church youth director, a political satirist (as show director of the Georgia Cracker Crumble for the Georgia Press Association (1996 – 2007), an assistant water plant flunky, a deputy voter registrar, a ditch digger, a bullfrog tadpole catcher, and a camp counselor.

Andy is the recipient of many awards, but he is tickled as can be to have been patted on the head by his sweet community of peers as they bestowed upon him the Oracle 2013 Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network.

Also, when he gets around to buying a frame he will hang upon his wall:
a Special Congressional RecognitionFor outstanding and invaluable service to the community – from Rep. John Lewis.

Andy lives in the town where he grew up –
which is the same town where his mama grew up, which is the same town where his mama’s mama grew up, which is the same town where his mama’s mama’s mama grew up, which is the same town where his his mama’s mama’s mama’s mama grew up – Covington, Georgia.

He thinks he is funny.

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