Andrew Norlen is a multi-hyphenate creative, originally from the small town of Troutdale, Oregon, who now calls Manhattan home.
From The Met in NYC to international waters sailing the Mediterranean–Norlen has performed for audiences all over the world and on tour across the United States in the Broadway smash, Kinky Boots! He received his BFA from The Boston Conservatory of Music in 2016, with an emphasis in dance and directing.
Between his podcast, Everyday Heroes—a space elevating female-identifying trailblazers— the creation of his non-profit, Braving the Business—a space providing artists with tools and resources beyond their talent—or his innovative first publication, When The Lights Are Bright Again—raising money for the Entertainment Community Fund—Andrew continues to impact every community he encounters with his passion, his storytelling and his visionary plan for creating the spaces for others to grapple with identity that he only wish had existed at every crossroads in his own journey.
Beyond the many creative “hats” he wears—Andrew enjoys interior design, traveling, Manhattan during the holidays, any excuse to gather with his family, a cozy coffee date with a dear friend or a night out to the theater. He might be a “city boy” now, but Andrew’s first love affair will always be with the unparalleled beauty that is the Pacific Northwest.
Andrew is currently working on a memoir about the intersection between coming out, sexual abuse, unexpected loss and the lengths we will go to avoid being alone with ourselves.