Andrew is fascinated by the exploration of theatrical magic in intimate performance spaces, the creation of of other worlds for engaged audiences only a few feet away. He also loves the challenge of generating a similar immediacy for audiences within much larger venues.
He believes that, to stay relevant, theatre must create something for audiences that they cannot find elsewhere, that it must embrace the now of the experience, even if that experience is time shifted digitally. And it must be committed to the highest standards of quality, no matter how small (or large) the venue and budget, while recognizing the humanity and capacity of the artists creating the work.
He believes in building community through performance.
He believes that theatre cannot be afraid of embracing new technology, but that technology cannot take the place of good storytelling.
His design aesthetic tends toward spectacular minimalism and elegant, economical maximalism.
Andrew is currently in his ninth season as Producing Artistic Director of Know Theatre of Cincinnati, where he has also been resident scenic and lighting designer since 2007.
As a playwright, his work has been seen in Cincinnati, Edinburgh, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Andrew's writing, directing, and performance experience round out an approach to design that aims to serve the theatrical experience as a whole.
Here's a pretty cool thing about him from American Theatre Magazine.
He would like you to know that, thanks to the relentless march of time, his headshot is about a decade old.
"Listening to their raw, celebratory songs echo against the brick walls, as lighting designer Andrew Hungerford’s gorgeous array of starry light bulbs glimmered overhead, I heard lines from my favorite poem running through my head: “We must risk delight … We must admit there will be music despite everything.”
"It’s also visually powerful, as columns of sand cascade onto Kris Stone and Andrew Hungerford’s spare set (lit by Hungerford for maximum drama)"
The set looks spectacularly like the product of a fateful collision between a laser tag course and an episode of Star Trek...Hungerford also employs ingenious lighting tactics that create a delightful cosmic atmosphere.
"The play’s entertaining dialogue and director/designer Andrew Hungerford’s rotating set beckons the audience to lean forward into the story, and wonder what the hell is happening. Upbeat, offbeat and bloody funny...Mercury is a dark-horse crowd pleaser featuring an engaging cast and more than a few surprises."
"Andrew Hungerford’s exquisite set and lighting designs offered breathtaking, painterly tableaus."
"Add to that Andrew J. Hungerford’s beautiful lighting and a gobsmacking projection design by Adam Flemming, and it’s all pretty gorgeous."
"Director Iskandar heads a deeply artistic design team. The action plays on a nuanced and engrossing set by Julia Noulin-Merat under dramatic, complex, and often beautiful lights by Andrew Hungerford... at the end, the entire cast returns and forms a stunning stage picture, reaffirming the brilliance of the director and his design team."
"simple, but ethereal lighting design by Andrew Hungerford gives a perfect context for this transportive work."
"Andrew Hungerford's stark, ingenious production design blinks with binary precision and cranks and creaks like the cruel machinery of commerce itself. In Burnham's dynamic staging, with most furnishings replaced by objects of containment and torture, the performers literally turn the winches of their own destruction."