Andrew Roblyer is the Founder and Artistic Director of This is Water Theatre in Bryan/College Station, TX. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, TX with a B.A. Degree in Theatre Arts. He is an Eagle Scout and has nearly a decade of experience as a speech, debate, and acting coach, and has worked with students around the country.
Andrew's theatre career began at a very young age in church musicals, where he landed his first leading role at age 6. At age 11, Andrew began to study classical ballet, eventually choosing to put his theatre work on hold to work towards a professional ballet career. At age 15, he fractured a vertebra in his lower back in two places, ending any hopes of a professional dance career.
As his plans readjusted, theatre was never far away. In high school Andrew was invited to join Shakespeare off the Lawn, a philanthropic youth performance troupe in Colorado Springs, CO. He was also involved in competitive forensics, holding titles in interpretive events at the state, regional, and national level.
Upon matriculating at Texas A&M, Andrew founded an innovative theatre company called the Honorable Bards, providing an artistic outlet for students in more technical fields. He served in every creative capacity at one point or another during the Honorable Bards' three seasons, including Director, Producer, Stage Manager, Sound/Set/Lighting/Costume Designer, and Dramaturg.
Eventually, Andrew became fully involved with the Texas A&M Theatre Program, where he was selected as one of four student directors for the inaugural Student New Works Festival after only one semester in the department. Additionally, Andrew worked as a Scene Shop Foreman, and had his original work Collage: A Trilogy produced for the Third Annual Student New Works Festival.
Because of his work both at Texas A&M and in area community theatres, Andrew was invited to be the Artist-in-Residence for the Brazos Valley Players while still in college, a position he held for two years.
Andrew also continued to succeed in competitive speaking in his first and only year as a member of Texas A&M Undergraduate Moot Court team. He and his partner Jennifer Lackey qualified to the national tournament where Andrew took 3rd place orator in the nation. In addition, Andrew and Jennifer swept the Southwest Region cumulative awards at the end of the year, taking 1st and 2nd place orators of the year respectively, and the 1st place overall team.
Andrew's involvement in competitive speaking events extended beyond his personal achievements. Beginning at age 16, he began coaching other students in speech, debate, and acting; his roster of students has included several national champions. In 2009 he was asked to helm the writing team for a national high school debate publication, and he has since taught students across the country.
Andrew is openly gay and openly Christian. He was a member of the GLBT Speakers Bureau at Texas A&M University while in college and has taught multiple workshops about dialogue over controversial and emotionally charged topics for various organizations, including the Gay Christian Network, for whom he also serves as an Ambassador.
In 2013, Andrew returned to Bryan/College Station after a brief time working professionally in Houston to found This Is Water Theatre, the first and only professional ensemble theatre company in the area. He is engaged to the love of his life, Joe, and is also currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University.