Andy Northrup is primarily a songwriter who has written for the stage, screen and for his own singer/songwriter CD efforts namely "Slow Burn Avenue" in 2001, 2005's "Cardboard Logic" and 2012's upcoming "Making My Way". All three discs were produced independently on the "R New House Up North" label and both "Slow Burn" and "Logic" have been well received by critics and public/private radio in America, Europe, Australia and Northrup's native Canada. The USA's Stonewall Society further honoured Northrup by eventually announcing him as their "Musical Artist of the Year" for 2005 along with giving him two other awards for individual songs.
As a stage actor, Andy has been seen regularly in productions around North America some of which include University of Alberta's Studio theatre (Stewart Parker's "Pentecost"), Northern Sabbatical Productions of Linda Wood Edward comedies such as Spring Alibi (Edmonton Fringe, Washington DC Fringe, Nakai Comedy Arts Festival, True Grid (Edmonton Fringe and Edmonton Grey Cup Festival), and Support Ho's (Edmonton Fringe), Unknown Theatre's "The Devil and Billy Markham" (Edmonton and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals), Walterdale Theatre's "Hamlet", "Better Living", and "What The Butler Saw", and Smoke Em if you Got Em's touring production of Lanford Wilson's "A Poster of the Cosmos" (Edmonton and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals) for which Northrup won the 2008 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes award for Male Performance at the Edmonton Fringe Festival.
As an actor, Andy has also been featured in films and commercials most notably in eight of Ben Babchishin's short films including "A Gun, A Cigar and A Bottle of Scotch" (2004 Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association Award recipient for "Best Drama Under 60 Minutes" with Northrup's lead role being nominated for "Best Performance by an Actor"), "God's Taxi", "One Damn Thing After Another", and most recently "Father Time is a Bastard....". Other films that Northrup has appeared in include Ken Burns' "Ordinary Decent Criminal", and, "The Pharmacist - Le Pharmacien" directed by Chester Sit, which won the Audience Award at the 2010 Edmonton International Film Festival and the award for Best Feature at the 2010 Nevada Film Festival.
In addition, Northrup has written script and storylines for film/stage with his most notable credit being Ken Brown's whacked out view of cafe life, "Cafe Utopia", which has played art houses across Canada and starred a number of well known Canadian actors such as Shaun Johnston, Bradley Moss, Darrin Hagen, Wes Borg, and Neil Grahn.
Other aspects of Andy's creative endeavours include writing four musicals for stage in collaboration with writers such as Allan Gilliland, Gerald Osborn and Marty Chan. Titles include "The 7th Circle", "Confessions of a Deli Boy", "Deadbeat", and "Toying with Dinky". Andy has also been active in composition for theatrical/film productions and sound designing for 14 shows. Credits in the Western Canadian theatre scene include Shel Silverstein's "The Devil and Billy Markham" (directed by Kevin Sutley), HA! (written by Chris Craddock and Wes Borg, directed by Eileen Sproule), Morris Panych's Seven Stories (directed by Matt Kowalchuk), and SuperED (written by Chris Craddock and directed by Steve Pirot) amongst many others.
Another new initiative in Andy's career is writing text for Allan Gilliland's "Blessed" a classical choral work commissioned by Pro Coro Canada and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts which premiered at the Winspear Centre and was subsequently broadcast nationally in Canada on CBC Radio 2's "Choral Concert".