von Willy Russell
After completing an honours degree in Drama from York University, Toronto, Canada, and a second degree in Arts in Education, Adrienne worked as a freelance actor, director, acting coach and teacher in Canada, Singapore and Japan, before settling in Vienna.
Adrienne is currently Vice Principal & Head of Acting at VETA, Vienna English Theatre’s two-year diploma acting school. She is also Co-Artistic Director of SHOWTIME, Vienna’s English Theatre School of Performing Arts.
Directing credits in Vienna include: Andrew Bovells’ Speaking in Tongues (dietheatre Konzerthaus), and Patrick Marber’s Closer (Ensemble Theatre), both for Vienna Theatre Project; Top Girls, Spring Awakening the Musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Blood Brothers, Into the Woods (Papageno Award for Best Production), Rent, Dogfight (Papageno Award for Best Production), and Next to Normal, for Young VET (Vienna’s English Theatre); Virtual Heroes for Vienna’s English Theatre School Tours; The Nina Variations and My First Time at the 1st Film Academy; and Neil Labute’s bash (Theatre Brett) for the E3 Ensemble. For Vienna’s English Theatre’s main stage she has directed Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck, Venus in Fur by David Ives, Annapurna by Sharr White, Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, Tuesdays With Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom and, most recently The Children by Lucy Kirkwood and the musical Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey.
She has worked as a guest theatre artist around Europe including Debrecen, Athens, Rome, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Dresden, and Dusseldorf.
As an actor some favourite stage roles include The Angel Americana in Angels in America, Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Lady Jane in Richard III, Victoria in A Moment on the Lips, Sylvia, the dog in Sylvia, Teresa in How the Other Half Loves, and Susannah in Black Pearl Sings! at Vienna’s English Theatre. Her latest film credit is The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich starring Klaus Maria Brandauer.
Adrienne is delighted to work with two such fabulous actors on another wonderful Willy Russell play.