Generousity Embraces Belonging: The Nina West Foundation

Andrew Levitt has a booming voice and a big heart to match. From volunteer opportunities and service projects in high school and college, to becoming involved in the community during his adult life, helping others was, and is, an important part of what makes him who he is today.

A native of North Canton and graduate of Denison University’s theater program, Andrew has called Columbus home since 2001. Looking for an opportunity to be onstage, his friend, drag queen Virginia West, suggested he try drag.

“I think I saw an opportunity to use my platform to provide a voice for those who needed it,” Andrew said. “When I started, I didn’t see myself in the current culture of drag. I wanted to allow people who were like me to know they also had a place in it as well.”

Nina West, Andrew’s drag persona, is truly just an extension of himself.

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