Life Lessons from Bangkok Patana
Grad’19 Andrea Gatchalian, affectionately known as Andy recalls her days at Bangkok Patana, where she made lifelong connections and discovered her love for acting. One of her cherished memories involves working alongside Katie Meadows, her higher‐level theatre teacher. Katie played a pivotal role in shaping Andy’s career, particularly in preparing her for drama school auditions. “If it weren’t for her, I don’t think I would have even considered going to drama school in the first place,” Andy explained.
Another significant memory revolves around meeting her current partner Jason, at Bangkok Patana. Their shared passion for acting brought them together, and she said he has been a rock throughout her challenging journey in the competitive entertainment industry.
Andy’s years at Bangkok Patana taught her valuable life lessons that continue to guide her today. One of the most crucial lessons she learned is that loneliness is temporary. “Feeling lonely is only temporary, and you will find your place someday. Keep your chin up,” she said.
University and Beyond
After graduating from Bangkok Patana in 2019, Andy pursued her passion for acting by enrolling in the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. In 2022, she proudly graduated from Mountview, marking a significant milestone in her journey.
Founding Orange Peel Productions
After graduating, Andy co‐founded Orange Peel Productions, a theatre company, with a group of her close friends from Mountview. Their collaboration was a natural progression, given their shared experiences and understanding of each other’s work. Orange Peel Productions quickly gained recognition for its potential to create compelling and innovative theatre.
She believes that these art forms provide a platform to connect with audiences
on a deep and emotional level.
The camaraderie and shared artistic language amongst the group have been instrumental in their success. This supportive network of actors and friends allows them to explore new writing and ideas fearlessly. Currently, Orange Peel Productions is taking their production of Sarah Delappe’s “The Wolves” to theatres in London, a testament to their commitment to pushing boundaries and creating captivating theatre experiences.
Theatre and Film: A World of Possibilities
When asked about her motivation to pursue acting, Andy eloquently describes the power of theatre and film to provoke thought and inspire change: She believes that these art forms provide a platform to connect with audiences on a deep and emotional level. They can challenge preconceptions and encourage self‐reflection, making people feel seen and heard.
Andy’s diverse portfolio includes “The Kindness of Strangers,” a satirical explo‐ ration of the entertainment industry’s hid‐ den flaws, and “The Wolves,” a heartfelt portrayal of teenage girl soccer players facing life’s challenges. While these pro‐ ductions differ vastly in tone and content, Andy thrives in both theatre and film, relishing the unique experiences each offers.
An Exciting Future
As Andrea Gatchalian’s journey in the theatre world continues to unfold, her talent and passion are taking her to new heights. She’s secured the leading role of Mia in the theatrical production “Ikaria”, which will go on tour, visiting various cities including York, Mold, Stafford, Guildford, Belfast, Whitley Bay, and London. Andy’s dedication and commitment to her craft have undoubtedly paved the way for a bright and promising future in the world of theatre and film.