Drew Kahn

as

Arius

Drew Kahn is cast in the role of Arius in Nicholas of Myra. Arius becomes infamous for his heretical teachings.

Drew has acted in many venues, from the off-Broadway production of Saint Tous (part of the original cast in the role of Andre De Shields) to a comedic supporting role as a no-talent football player Papke in Paramount Pictures’ Necessary Roughness, as well as regional theatres and television. He has also directed national touring productions for the Centerstage, and the cabaret Here We Are at Primary Stages in New York City. Drew is the founding Artistic Director of the Oasis Theatre Company, a professional theatre that presents both classical and new plays with a multi-cultural emphasis. The 1996 debut season featured an unconventional production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman starring Broadway legend Andre De Shields (The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Play On!) as Willy Loman. Drew’s direction and the production as a whole won national and local accolades for the Oasis. He also received national honors from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for his direction and adaptation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

On the Buffalo stage, Drew played “Bill” in Kavinoky Theatre’s Lobby Hero, “Brick” in Buffalo Ensemble Theater’s production of A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, and won the ArtVoice’s Artie Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor as the “Third Man” in Buffalo United Artist’s production of The Baltimore Waltz. Western New Yorkers will also recognize Drew as the host of WKBW-TV’s AM Buffalo for six years. He also received a Telly Award for his hosting of the recent documentary Saving a Landmark: The Darwin Martin House for WNED-TV (PBS). Drew is currently Chair and Professor in the Theater Department at Buffalo State College where he directs major productions and teaches acting. In 2006 he was honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Drew, in playing the role of Arius, brings to light a significant historical figure. In Nicholas of Myra, Arius influences Nicholas not in the substance of his words but in his oratorical skills.

 

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