Drea King may have started out in a little country town in North America, but her artistic and creative prowess took her around the world from Europe, to Australia and then to the Americas. Her unique mixture of Brazilian & European looks enables her to blend in to many ethnicities and roles.
Drea’s performance career has so far given her the blessed opportunity to perform in award winning film productions for both screen and stage across North America and the UK. From her first major theatre roles in Toronto, Canada – Shelby in ‘Steel Magnolias’, and Mona Then in ‘Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Come Back to the Five and Dime’ – to taking on roles in films and TV such as ‘’Paranormal Survivor’, Gray Matter’, ‘Anaphylaxis’, ‘Almost A Turkish Soap Opera’, ‘A New Design’ and ‘Plus’, her credits continue to grow.
‘A New Design’ Won Best Foreign Picture in the Bare Bones International Film Festival in 2011. While her other feature film & webseries – Almost A Turkish Soap Opera‘ made the festival circuit and won awards. It was screened at the LA Web Series Festival 2012 (Award Winner), New Media Film Festival 2012, HollyWeb Festival 2012, The Indie Fest 2012 (Feature Film Merit Award Winner) , YouTube Channel (Winning the Gold Medal of Honor for most subscribers), and Mingle Media TV Network Audience Choice Awards 2012 (Top 10 Webseries Finalist so far). Her other films have also been screened at the Marche de Cannes, Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, Sarasota Florida, Bahamas International, Sacramento California, and Victoria BC Film Festivals.
Drea trained at The Actor’s Temple in the UK, under the tutelage of Tom Radcliffe, a student of world-renowned acting coach Sanford Meisner. Always dedicated to nurturing her talent, she studied ballet with Judith Coleman of the Royal Academy of Dance, Shakespeare at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts,- LAMDA and On-Camera Training with Andrew McIlroy, The Actors Foundry and at Margie Haber Studios in LA with additional training in voiceover, dialect, and screenwriting. She also produced the short film “Shadows”, Directed by Cristina Escoda and produced, co-wrote & performed in the comedic webseries “Intergenerational Relationship Retreat”. She most recently finished a 48-Hour film challenge, where she performed and led the writing team, as Head Writer, till the wee hours of the morning.
Drea is a supporter and donator to the AFC (previously known as the Actors Fund Canada), the compassionate lifeline for the Canadian entertainment professionals.
Proud Union Member
Ohhh all that jazz.
Artistic talent wasn’t limited to Drea, her grandmother Gladys sang with the infamous Tommy Dorsey Big Band in Detroit, USA. I remember my grammy telling stories how she used to drive across the border to sing when she was 19. For those of you who don’t remember, Frank Sinatra and Edythe Wright were just two famous singers who played with the Swing & Jazz band at one time in their careers.
No wonder Drea loves swing dancing and listening to jazz.