Andy Lupinek

Facilitator

Contact Andy:

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612-876-3916

Andy is a Minnesota-grown artist and educator with ties to theater and dance performance since he was 5 years old. Inspired by the power and impact that art has in initiating conversation and promoting positive change, Andy studied heavily under Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, graduating with a degree in Theater and minors in Arts Administration and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2017. During his collegiate career and upon graduation, Andy has found opportunities to travel domestically, as well as internationally, connecting with young people through educational theater and leadership-focused programming. Recently, he has been able to travel throughout Italy; some favorite places he visited included Rome, Venice and Pompeii, while teaching English as a foreign language to students through theater and play practices. Andy is beyond excited to be joining the “dream team” at Project Success and connecting with young people to hear what excites them about their futures.

Favorite musicians:

Carly Rae Jepsen; Khalid; Bleachers; Sleeping at Last

If you had to pick a theme song that would play every time you entered the room, what would it be?

A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay

Favorite books:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein; The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Favorite movies:

Toy Story Series; Moulin Rouge; Rent; Ladder 49

Favorite food:

Chicken salad with fresh fruits and veggies

 Favorite quote:

“Listen to the Mustn’ts, child, listen to the Don’ts. Listen to the Shouldn’ts, the Impossibles, the Won’ts. Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me. Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein

Favorite subject in school:

Spanish

Favorite theater experience:

In college, I was a part of a social justice theatre troupe that devised pieces and collaborated to create performance material and theatre workshops with members of the college community and beyond throughout the school year. One of my favorite memories was creating and performing in E Pluribus Gustavus for multiple years which welcomed new students to our Gustavus community with stories about life “on the hill” through spoken word, movement and music. It continues to be some of my favorite memories of my college experience.

Your ultimate vacation destination:

New Zealand and Ireland are top of my list! I would love to be able to backpack across the Eastern Hemisphere at some point in my life, but I’m not so sure I’d be a good backpacker.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

The power to avoid traffic.

The most influential person in your life/favorite teacher or mentor:

My high school English teacher taught me an incredible amount about myself in the world in relation to art. I pushed myself to be a better writer and artist because of her passion and love for what she was teaching. She continues to inspire me with what she does and how she does it even into my adult life.

What you wanted to be when you grew up:

When I was growing up, I wanted to be a lawyer (for the sole reason that I had a Lego man who was a lawyer and I thought his briefcase was the coolest thing I could possibly ever own). There is no shame.