Andy Dexterity is a Green Room Award-nominated performance maker primarily recognised for his unique brand of movement, fusing dance, physical theatre and signed languages. Andy is fascinated by the way we communicate and interact as a species and Andy creates playful work with the intention to empower, connect and transcend.
Most recently, Andy appeared on the 9th season of The Voice in Australia. Andy was the first performer globally in the show’s ten year history to express their voice with their body. After a four-chair turn blind audition, which included Kelly Rowland, Andy coaches by Boy George, performed a visual and vocal extravaganza in the battles.
Before the world turned up-side-down, Andy performed Pictures At An Exhibition with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, bringing the art gallery to life through classical music and body language. He received a standing ovation for his 2017 TEDx talk – Physical Communication is Universal. Hailing from an extensive theatre background, Andy has performed roles in award-winning shows for Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia and Belvoir Street Theatre, including the Australian premieres of Urinetown and Altarboyz. Andy choreographed for Grammy Award-winning pop singer, Kimbra, played Andy The Conductor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for “The Wiggles Meet The Orchestra”, was special guest in the 2014 Outgames Opening Ceremony, performed with Tina Arena and opened the 2015 Australian Dance Awards at The Sydney Opera House.
As a choreographer, his work has appeared in the opening ceremony of the 2015 World Netball Cup and also the Australian revival of RENT – the musical and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, both for The Hayes Theatre Company. Andy is was also an artistic director of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2016 and 2017.
Andy Dexterity’s Journey with physical communication thus far…
1991 began dance training at the Julie Melrose School of Dance, Sydney.
1999 offered a scholarship for dance at The McDonald College for Performing Arts.
2000 offered a full scholarship for creative excellence for the remainder of his high school education at The McDonald College for the Performing Arts.
2002 graduated from The McDonald College and began working consistently in Australian film, theatre and television for companies including; Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Belvoir Street Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company. Andy worked as a high school performing arts teacher across Sydney when filming and touring schedules allowed.
2010 Studied Australian Sign Language (Auslan) SL1 course at Sydney Community College. Teacher Daniela Fin.
2010 Studied SL2 course at Sydney Community College. Teacher: Claire Dunne.
2011 Obtained Auslan certificate II at TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute, St Leonards, Sydney. Teacher: Helen Anglicas.
2012 Obtained Auslan certificate III at TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute, St Leonards, Sydney. Teacher: Helen Anglicas.
2013/14 Lived in a household with Deaf flatmates.
2014 Already a high school teacher of the performing arts since 2003, Andy was offered a position as a teacher of Auslan Community courses I & II at Macquaire University and The University of Sydney.by Ida Rogers – Head Teacher and Program Supervisor at The Deaf Society of NSW.
2014 Invited to be the Patron of Deaf Australia.by Deaf Australia President Todd Wright and Ida Rogers. Andy accepted the title of Deaf Australia Ambassador.
2015 Andy was first invited to perform with Australian Children’s group The Wiggles. He created the role of Andy the conductor with the release of The Wiggles Meet The Orchestra with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
2015 Performed alongside Access Innovation Media Ai-Media co-founder Alex Jones at the Don’t DIS my ABILITY concert, Syndey.
2016 Andy appeared for the first time as Andy the Mayor of Wiggle Town on The Wiggles
2017 invited to perform at the TEDx Sydney Convention. TEDx Sydney is a nonprofit devoted the propagation of Australian ideas, creativity and innovation to the rest of the world.
2017 Invited by Riona Tindal, Deaf Arts Coordinator at Access Arts Australia AAA – a disability-led national peak body for arts and disability – to direct, choreograph and conduct a sign language choir for the production of Elijah with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at The Sydney Opera House. Sign language translation by Auslan interpreter Nicole Clark.
2017 Founded the Sydney Auslan Ensemble SAE with Riona Tindal, consisting of 20 Deaf, Hard of Hearing and hearing performers.
2017 In the role of Artistic Director of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras – a LGBTQI+ not-for-profit member-based organization, Andy produced an international television segment for Australian broadcaster SBS for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras featuring the Sydney Auslan Ensemble SAE. The performance was Interpreted and conducted by Alex Jones.
2018 Deaf West creative Workshop with Deaf West Artistic Director DJ Kurs, Deaf Olympian/Artist Sarah Tubert and Emma Watkins in Los Angeles, USA.
2010 Invited to appear in the 9th season of The Voice Australia itv. Auslan Consultant: Sue Jo Wright.
2020 Resigned from the positon of Ambassador of Deaf Australia.