About Andrea...

Andrea Belser, Performing Artist:

Andrea Belser is a Performing Artist and Instructor from Cleveland, Ohio who has received her Bachelor of Arts from Wright State University in Theatre Studies, with a Minor in Dance and Vocal Music. Beginning with ballet at 4 years of age, she also continued her studies in various dance forms, including tap, African folk dance, liturgical/spiritual, jazz, musical theatre dance, modern/contemporary, hip hop, and Latin ballroom.

 

"[In 'I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda'] Andrea Belser makes Juliette live, she inhabits the role. We feel her terror, we experience her losses, we silently cheer for her to achieve her goal, we revel in her reattachment with a family member, we are driven to understand the horror of horror."

~ Roy Berko, Times Newspaper
  

Post college, Andrea has remained extremely active in the northeast Ohio theater community, receiving 2008 Best Actress in Cleveland for her role as Juliette in I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda at Dobama Theatre, and nomination as 2012 Best Actress in Cleveland for her role as Pecola in The Bluest Eye at Karamu House Theatre.

 

"Her sad eyes and a broad smile teetering on the edge of despair, Andrea Belser's magnetic portrayal of the insecure and emotionally vulnerable Pecola ['The Bluest Eye'] haunts me still...This stunning performance won my heart and broke it in the same moment."

~ Fran Heller, Cleveland Jewish News

 

She presents herself on and off stage, doing anything from acting, dancing, or singing, to stage manager, choreographer, or costume assistant. She has also worked with several theaters, including but not limited to Cleveland Public Theatre, MegLouise Dance, Opera Cleveland, Yin Tang Dance, Near West Theatre, The Fine Arts Association, The Lantern Theatre, and Talespinner Children's Theatre. After marriage, Andrea decided to keep her maiden name of Andrea Belser as a performance/stage name, but proceeded to use her married name of Andrea McCormick in her teaching.

 

"As Juliette [In "I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda"], Belser’s expressive face held me captive throughout. There isn’t one false note in the ingénue actress’s riveting portrait, alternately shy and outspoken, angry and hopeful."

~ Fran Heller, Cleveland Jewish News

 

Andrea McCormick, Instructor of Performing Arts:

Andrea currently teaches drama/theatre arts, musical theatre and dance in different theaters, outreach programs and venues, both in groups or private lessons. Since 2009, she has taught students ranging from 4 years old to adult, with theaters and companies such as Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Playhouse Square, Karamu House, Dancing Wheels, Cleveland Play House, Foluke Cultural Arts Center, Ballet Excel Ohio, DANCEcleveland, Cleveland School of the Arts, and Great Lakes Theatre. You can find a few class performances and choreography by Andrea on her YouTube channel: Thespian Drea.

 

"Andrea Belser is compelling as Pecola ['The Bluest Eye']. She rings all the right notes out of a scene..."

~ Roy Berko, Times Newspaper

 

In addition to the arts, Andrea is also a Reiki Practitioner and ordained minister, and uses these in conjunction with the arts in her own business: Amalgam Arts & Wellness. Feel free to browse the Amalgam Arts & Wellness website for more information on classes, productions, and services. Thanks for visiting!