NEXT TO NORMAL
Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Winner of 3 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama
Winner of BroadwayWorld Award Austria for Best Off-Production 2019
Ariana grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and her Master of Music in Opera Performance at the University of South Carolina. Throughout her studies and since, she has performed in numerous theater productions, worked with Opera Carolina, and in 2007 she was the State winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition.
Since her move to Vienna, Austria in 2007, Ariana has concentrated on teaching and conducting. As the musical director of Showtime, Vienna’s English Theatre’s School for Performing Arts, she has arranged and conducted a variety of musicals and choral concerts. As musical director of Vienna’s English Theatre’s young professional company, YOUNG V.E.T, her credits include Spring Awakening, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Blood Brothers, Into the Woods, Rent, Dogfight and Next to Normal.
Ariana is very excited about the theatre’s latest educational endeavor, VETA, Vienna’s English Theatre Academy, a two-year professional acting diploma. As Head of Voice, she is thrilled to play a part in shaping future generations of theatre-makers. Outside of the theatre, Ariana also works as a choral conductor, performer and composer. She founded and continues to conduct The Vivid Voices, an internationally competing choir. Here in Vienna, the choir performs at various venues and productions, including the Burgtheater’s Macbeth, and as guest artist at the Diversity Ball.