Director & Producer
Herne Bay YOUTH! theatre was launched by local theatrical Producer and Director Andrew Cozens, whose theatrical career spans over twenty five years.
He has directed and produced numerous musicals including ‘West Side Story’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Crazy For You’, ‘Godspell’, ‘A Slice Of Saturday Night’ and ‘Chicago’.
An advocate of Stephen Sondheim’s work he has also staged full scale productions of ‘A Little Night Music’, ‘Company’, ‘Assassins’ and the European Premiere of ‘A Sunday In The Park With George’ to critical acclaim. It was for this production for which he received personal correspondence from Mr Sondheim thanking him for producing and directing the musical.
Andrew went on to produce Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ for the Millennium Celebrations at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Festival Hall at London’s Southbank.
Andrew is an absolute advocate of “LIVE MUSICIANS FOR ALL MUSICALS!” and uses them wherever possible in all his theatre productions.
Having previously directed professional pantomime across the UK, Andrew has now directed the last three pantomime seasons for Wicked Productions at The Theatre Royal in Margate including “The Wizard of Oz”, “Jack And The Beanstalk”, "Aladdin", and this seasons “Robin Hood”.
In 2018, having successfully directed two plays; “Bouncers” and “Shakers” at The Whitstable Playhouse, he then returned there in July and presented “The Who’s TOMMY” to standing ovation and rave reviews.
2019 saw Andrew move both HBMTS and The Herne Bay YOUTH! Theatre to The Kings Hall Theatre in Herne Bay and to direct productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Evita”, "Oliver!", and a Herne Bay YOUTH! Theatre solo production of “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”.
Currently to be found splatted up from directing and producing an extremely successful HBYT solo show - “Bugsy Malone”.
Look out for Andrew's penned "Pantomania" next.