Adrea Gibbs is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience writing for a variety of publications and has written several books. She has a spectrum of expertise that ranges from entertainment to business, travel to fitness, customer service to retail development and uses her combined knowledge to benefit the both the projects organizations with which she is associated.
As a member of Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance for Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Adrea has a great appreciation for television and movies and has a penchant for finding off-beat, often overlooked films and shows to discuss and review, believing that some of these gems are often not given their proper due because of limited marketing budgets or a (perceived) small fan base. She also enjoys introducing people to films that have been around for years, but again, may have never been seen and enjoyed for being displaced by CGI instead of leaving some things to the imagination. You can catch her in a trailer for the 1990 video release of That’s Adequate. She’s the one getting punched.
Adrea has been a working professional dancer for over 30 years, appearing in shows like CATS, Starlight Express, Crazy For You. She was a West Coast Radio City Music Hall Rockette in addition to movie, television, and radio appearances. As a director and choreographer, her work has been seen around the world including high profile projects for Germany and the Czech Republic. Adrea’s DVD, Getting Your Kicks!: A Beginner's Guide to Choreography, was created specifically with novices who suddenly find themselves having to stage the community musical in mind. It dovetails off a comprehensive choreography book created for Meriwether Publishing’s musical Yankee Doodle Dandy: The Song and Dance Man.
An active member of IAAPA (International Amusement Parks & Attractions Association), Adrea is currently Chairman of the Games & Merchandise Subcommittee, member of the Education Committee, and former Hall of Fame Committee member, in addition to working on various projects throughout the year for the organization. A yearly presenter at the annual IAAPA Expo, she speaks on a wide variety of industry-related topics, working with professionals from across the industry. During her career she has worked for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, and with the DisneyFest tour in Taipei, Knott’s Berry Farm, Windows on China (Taiwan), Ramoji Film City (India), and Slagharen Attractie-Park (Netherlands), among others, in areas ranging from live entertainment production and food & beverage to operations and retail. She specializes in branding and the guest experience.
Creating theatre within both large and minimal budgets has given Adrea the ability to be highly resourceful in creating costumes. Whether fabricating a knight’s armor from cardboard and newspaper or puppets from Styrofoam and foamboard, she enjoys the challenge of re-purposing materials as much as designing elaborate gowns to be crafted of brocade and taffeta. Some of her favorite costumes were done when she worked at Ramoji Film City in India. Her work there included the Anikids, colorfully dressed performers whose hats sported animal ears while their shorts had tails; Caterpiller, dancers in dramatic orange swing-style coats; and a breadth of costumes running the gamut from classic Hollywood to a traditionally inspired Indian wardrobe for The Spirit of Ramoji show. However, when given a chance, she loves to design for kids, using items they have readily available that can be magically transformed into something special.
One of Adrea’s passions is reading and, even more, encouraging children to read. As the author and illustrator for works created to inspire creativity and imaginative thinking, she values the written voices speaking to kids. Her current work with writing partner Eric Andrist, Scarlet Oak Chronicles, is composed in a manner that presents a new story entwined with a familiar fairy or folk tales as a way to encourage young readers to seek out some of the older stories that are sometimes misrepresented from the originals in film and television.
As a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), and Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA), Adrea believes that fitness should be accessible to everyone. Working with special populations, such as obese, senior, mentally and physically challenged, and children, she specializes in creating adaptable programming that will increase fitness levels for participants. Her main objective is fitness fun. A solid skill set, acquired and practiced knowledge, appreciating needs and goals of individuals, and creativity can go a long way in getting people happy and healthy.
Having had the good fortune to live and work in many places in the world, Adrea’s perspective on travel has a personal take that goes far beyond a vacation. Living, eating, experiencing and breathing in the culture has given her insight into working and appreciating the people and customs of the world. Whether listening to the sounds of Oktoberfest from her apartment window in Germany, being awakened in the wee hours by hundreds of brightly sari-clad Indian dancers shooting a movie on the hillside across the street, or being invited for tea in a remote village in Taiwan, she has been infected with the wonder of the world.
Adrea is the author of several books including Let’s Put On A Show! A Beginner’s Theatre Handbook for Young Actor, Adrea's Animals Alphabet, and 365 Cakes: Creating Ultimate Cakes from a Box. She has written and directed several DVDs, Break a Leg!: An Introductory Guide to Stage Directing, Getting Your Kicks!: A Beginner's Guide to Choreography, and Theatre Games: Exercises for Learning Acting Skills, about different aspects of theatre. Adrea’s illustrative work can be seen in Tummy Mommy Heart Mommy by Jennifer Kramer, Lunch Money by Eric Andrist, and the soon-to-be-released Delphi the Dolphin’s Gigantic Discovery by Amy Gollenberg.
Other Interests and Hobbies
Adrea feels blessed every day to have been able to meet and work with so many amazing people on unique projects in strange places and hopes to continue to do so. At present, in addition to her writing and consulting work, she is an avid illustrator, working primarily in paper. You can check out some of her work at her CaféPress website, An_Alriginal. She’d love to have you visit.