After being involved in the Melbourne student and alternative theatre scene in the 1970’s, Andrew Ross set up a schools touring Theatre Company in Perth, WA.
After undertaking post-graduate director training in the UK with the British Council, he returned to WA for the 1982 Festival of Perth.
On his way back to Australia he travelled through India, Malaysia and Indonesia, taking every opportunity to see live performances, commencing a lifelong interest in the performing arts of South Asia and South East Asia.
In 1991 he became the first Artistic Director of the newly formed Black Swan Theatre Company in Western Australia, where he stayed until 2003. During that time he worked closely with composers, designers and painters directing premieres of musicals including Bran Nue Dae, “Corrugation Road” Manu, and adaptations of novels including Merry-Go-Round in the Sea and The Year of Living Dangerously.
In 2003 Andrew took up the position of Director of the newly opened Brisbane Power House, overseeing local and touring productions. He has taught and directed productions at the VCA and at WAPA where he was Associate Professor. In 2013 Andrew received an Australia- Indonesia Merdeka Fellowship. He is now Artistic Director of the Darwin Festival.
In 2019 Andrew was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the performing arts industry.