Andrea Bennett- Writer, Producer and Director-
Writer, Director, Producer
Bachelors of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Broadcasting), Minor in Art History-SUNY Oswego
Ms. Bennett got her start in music before theater. But credits her music experience and performances, as a great prerequisite for her Theater work. Started piano at the tender age of five years old with Jaqueline White. At age 8 Andrea continued piano under the tutelage of Elfreida Brown. With Ms. Brown, Andrea won top honors in National Music Festivals for Young Performers, and The National Federation of Music Clubs, which offered the wonderful opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall from 1984-1990. Ms Bennett worked as the youngest church pianist in the church’s history, and assistant pianist for their Senior Choir, and Male Chorus. In 1986 performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall covering pieces from Bach, Clementi, Mozart, MacDowall, and Schumann. Later she received first place in the ACT-SO classical piano competition. As an avid visual artist Ms. Bennett received a scholarship to study visual arts for the NYSSA program at SUNY Fredonia. In High School, Ms. Bennett also realized her love of writing and aspired to be a Journalist.
After earning two degrees (Broadcast Communications and Music) at the SUNY of Oswego, In 1996, Andrea Bennett started Bennett Academy of the Performing Arts, in her small living room, while continuing to teach at parochial schools in different areas of Westchester. As Bennett Academy expanded and its recitals and plays became popular among her music school audience, Polyphonic Entertainment was born in 2006. Today Polyphonic Entertainment, has produced successful Off-Broadway plays, student films and webseries. As a playwright Ms. Bennett has written several plays:
Westchester County Productions:
The Music Class-1998-Emelin Theater
ShadyBrooke I-2000- Sommer Center of the Arts
ShadyBrooke II-2001- Sommer Center of the Arts
Murder Mystery- 2004-What She Deserves- Sommer Center of the Arts
7284 Hope Street-2005-Irvington Town Hall Theater, (also on Film)
Odella Williams Show-, 2007- Sommer Center of the Arts
Odella Williams Show had two successful Off-Broadway runs in NYC-2009, 2010
Hope Street- later went to Off Broadway at the Bridge Theater in NYC, 2011-which great critic reviews from Talent In Motion Magazine.
Hope Street Web series (2013)
Andrew Saves The World (short-2015)