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A person with heart and creativity. Over the years Andre shows a constant search fulfilled with accomplishments. The way he sees art is inspiring and precious. A natural leader, Andre will go anywhere his dreams take him. With a Young and visionary mindset he has no fear of challenges and he will definitely surprise you with different ideas. 

Broadway Dreams Founder and President

Annette Tanner

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I met Andre in 2014 when he was a directing intern for Broadway Dreams. Andre was my assistant during the program, and he accompanied me in three cities during the summer. Andre is hungry for learning and is not afraid of making choices, while also taking adventurous creative risks. He has a thirst for learning and always strives to find the most creative solutions for the moment. He will go wherever the story takes him, and always collaborates with in the team and puts the big picture in first place. Andre is an artist who is not afraid of the work, and will follow his dream no matter what it takes. He is a true believer and will carry every opportunity to the top of a mountain within his heart and soul. I can’t wait to see where his journey leads him, which I have full faith will be an outstanding adventure

Broadway Director. Ragtime (West End), Allegiance (Broadway), Altar Boyz (Off-Broadway), Carrie (Off-Broadway revival), The Secret Garden (Lincoln Center); Two Class Acts (The Flea Theater); Red Velvet (The Old Globe); Saturday Night (The York Theatre Company, NYC), Arima was the associate director for the Broadway productions of Seussical and A Class Act. He serves as Artistic Advisor for the Broadway Dreams Foundation, is an Adjunct Professor at UC Davis, and a proud member of SDC. 

Stafford Arima

I have been fortunate over the years to work with many talented artists who perform, teach and/or direct. The type of characteristics that you find include, talent, passion, generosity, compassion,

 

love, creativity, devotion, dedication and selflessness. They each share some of these traits which eads to their remarkable successes. It is rare that you come across someone that has most of these qualities. Andre, however, is the rarest of them all and embodies ALL of these qualities. It was a pleasure to work with him, and it would be an honor to work with him in the future.

Head of Production Operations at DreamWorks Animation. Manager of Business Development at

Hanna-Barbera.

Bruce Daitch

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Andre worked as my assistant in 2014 and impressed me back then because of his leadership and the ability to find quick solutions. In the three years I worked with him in Brazil, on BROADWAY BRASIL, it was amazing to see what he achieved as a director. His sense of understanding and telling the story is what makes him remarkable. His career and the different projects he embraced shows that creativity is more than a simple detail. As an artist I see him as an incredible storyteller and beautiful human being.

Director and choreographer, for musicals, opera, television, film and music videos. Knechtges’s work on Broadway as choreographer includes the musicals The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2005), Xanadu (2007), 110 in the Shade (2007 revival), Sondheim on Sondheim (2010) and Lysistrata Jones (2011). He received nominations for the Tony Award, Best Choreography and Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Choreography for Xanadu. 

Dan Knechtges

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A person with heart and creativity. Over the years Andre shows a constant search fulfilled with accomplishments. The way he sees art is inspiring and precious. A natural leader, Andre will go anywhere his dreams take him. With a Young and visionary mindset he has no fear of challenges and he will definitely surprise you with different ideas. 

Brazilian Musical Director. Sound of Music, Spring Awakening, Wizard of Oz, Gipsy, Fiddler in the Roof, Nine, What do Critis Know... 

Marcelo Castro

I’ve personally been affected by André on a very human level. To witness his sense of passion and investment in mankind is remarkable. He is full of intense love for the arts, relationships and connection above all else. I’ve been lucky to work along side him as a colleague and friend. I’m inspired by his kindness, his positive spirit and the focus he has on his dreams. 

Broadway Performer (Priscilla The Queen of the Deset – The Musical, WICKED, Chorus Line...) 

Nick Adams

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Andre attended the Film Academy (NYFA) during a period of time away from his home in Fortaleza, Brazil to continue his studies here in the States, and it was immediately clear that he is both an extraordinary human and student of the craft of theatre. A model student, Andre is passionate about theatre in all contexts; as entertainment, as social commentary, and as a form of self-expression. His cultural perspective is always present as he not only embraces his love and understanding of Brazilian theatre, but references it in his work within the context of the American Theatre as well. Andre’s commitment to learning sets him apart from the norm; constantly hungry for knowledge and historical reference - and he strives constantly to better himself as a student of the craft. In the fall of 2013, Andre brought me to Fortaleza to teach a week-long seminar to the community, consisting of daily workshops and culminating in a final evening of song and theatre featuring both myself and the Brazilian students. His leadership qualities and fundamental understanding of the mechanics of directing are ever-present and the respect he commands from all those fortunate enough to work under his direction is immediately recognizable. With a keen artistic eye, and constantly striving to honor the artistic integrity of the craft, Andre is an extraordinary producer, designer, and director - and it was my honor to work under his expert leadership. Ultimately, it is Andre’s thorough understanding of the logistical and creative processes that make him a true exception, as he moves effortlessly between the roles of student, director, teacher, designer, and colleague. 

Broadway Performer [Lion King Bdw] , Teacher and Director. 

Thom Christopher Warren

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