by Lucy Kirkwood
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 Deputy Head & Head of Acting at VETA, Vienna’s English Theatre’s brand new two year diploma acting school.
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, and most recently, Tuesdays With Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom.
As Artistic Director of Showtime, Vienna’s English Theatre’s School of Performing Arts, Adrienne has adapted and directed a variety of musical productions for an ensemble of 20-50 children onstage at Vienna’s English Theatre including: Shrek, Villains, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, We Will Rock You, Grease, West Side Story, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Sister Act, Footloose, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Annie.
For five years Adrienne was a member of the International School Theatre Association (ISTA) where she worked with artists from around the world as a workshop leader creating short performance pieces with groups of international theatre students; a job that has taken her to Lisbon, Düsseldorf, Istanbul, Dresden, Rome and Copenhagen.
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.