our team

Artistic Director

Adrienne Ferguson
Adrienne FergusonAdrienne is from Vancouver Island, Canada and has an Honours degree in both Acting and Arts in Education. She spent time teaching overseas, living in both Singapore and Japan, before settling in Vienna. She has worked over the years as an actor/director/ acting coach/teacher/theatre practitioner/writer acquiring a breadth of experience in all of these fields. 

As Artistic Director of SHOWTIME Adrienne adapts and directs the SHOWTIME musical productions for the semester courses, and workshops. She is also the Head Drama Teacher at SHOWTIME, and is responsible for the Teen Ensemble, school workshops, and adult programs. Apart from her work at SHOWTIME Adrienne is the Artistic Director of Vienna’s English Theatre’s Youth Ensemble where she has directed the musicals “Spring Awakening”, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, “Blood Brothers” “Into the Woods” and the upcoming production of “Rent”.  Directing credits for Vienna’s English Theatre’s main stage including “Bad Dates”, “Venus in Fur”, “Annapurna” and the school tours production “Virtual Heroes”.

As an actor Adrienne was last seen onstage at VET as Susannah in “Black Pearl Sings.”  Adrienne worked for 6 years with the International School Theatre Association, participating as an ensemble leader in theatre festivals around Europe where she developed a great respect for the importance of ensemble.  Adrienne is passionate about creativity and the imagination. “It has been very exciting seeing SHOWTIME grow and develop over the years. I am constantly learning from my students, and realising again and again how theatre brings people together, promotes confidence and team-work, and helps us to better understand one another; invaluable tools for today’s world.”

 

Musical Director and Associate Artistic Director

Ariana Pullano
Ariana PullanoAriana grew-up in the Washington, D.C area.  She attended the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and majored in Vocal Performance.  Upon graduating magna-cum-laude in 2004, she began teaching music at Saint Ann Catholic School in Arlington, Virginia and immediately the music program flourished. Two new children’s choirs were formed and soon she was also asked to lead the Saint Ann Parish Choir.  In 2005, Ariana began a Master of Music in Opera Performance at the University of South Carolina.  After the completion of her Master’s degree, she performed in numerous theater productions, worked with Opera Carolina, and in 2007 was the State winner of the Metropolitan Opera Competition.

Ariana has appeared in several theater, musical theater, operetta and opera productions in Italy and all over the United States.  Her credits include Postcard from Morocco (Foreign Singer/Lady with a Hat Box), Le docteur miracle (Veronique), The Merry Widow (Olga/Clo-Clo),  Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky), Die Zauberflöte (Zweite Dame), The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess), Mourning Becomes Elektra (Christine), and The Merchant of Venice (Jessica), to name a few.

Since her move to Vienna, Austria in 2007, Ariana has concentrated on teaching and finds working with children to be more rewarding than work on stage.  She has designed and taught an English-speaking Drama class at Teatro and is currently the head music teacher at the Vienna Elementary School, in Preschool through grade four. In addition, she is completing a certification in the Dalcroze teaching method.  She believes strongly in the power of music, as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”  It can teach us about ourselves, show us the culture of others and yet through it we are all connected.

 

Head of JUNIORS and Standard Acting Teacher

Laura Zapata

Laura ZapataLaura was born in Vienna but her parents come from Columbia and Poland.  She is fluent in four languages but the main language of her international family is English. As the daughter of two artists it is only natural that Laura should follow in her parent’s professional footsteps. Her first artistic love was playing the harp, her second painting, and then finally she discovered a third love – the theatre.

Laura attended the Schauspielakademie Elfriede Ott, completing her Paritätische Reife Prufung in 2010; after which she performed in theatre productions and short films in Poland, Columbia and Austria. In 2015 Laura graduated from the University of Vienna with a degree in Anthropology specialising in the Anthropology of Theatre and Migration Theatre. She did her thesis on the Volksoper production “Die Reise” in which migrants told their personal stories as part of a collective theatre piece. She found great inspiration working with people from so many cultures and backgrounds and watching how the director pulled everyone together.

At SHOWTIME Laura is thrilled to be able to combine her love of theatre with her talent for working with children.  Laura believes that theatre allows us “the freedom to find ourselves and gives us the space to act out our creativity.”

Dance Teacher

Rosa BraberDie oberösterreichische Sopranistin Anna Magdalena Auzinger wurde in eine Musikerfamilie geboren.
Bereits in frühester Kindheit wurde ihr intensive künstlerische Förderung zuteil und so studierte sie bereits im Alter von sechs Jahren Klavier an der Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz.
Ebenda begann sie mit sechzehn Jahren das Studium Sologesang bei William Mason und Gerald Trabesinger und diplomierte mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg.
Ab 2009 arbeitete Anna Magdalena Auzinger mit Lydia Vierlinger an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien und schloss auch hier mit ausgezeichnetem Erfolg das Magisterstudium ab.
Ihr besonderes Interesse gilt der Musik des Barock und der (Früh-)Klassik: Meisterkurse bei Roberta Invernizzi, Deborah York, Romina Basso, Lavinia Bertotti und Andrea Marcon.
Anna Magdalena Auzinger arbeitete bereits mit renommierten Orchestern und Ensembles wie dem Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, der Capella Leopoldina, der Wiener Akademie, dem Concerto Romano, Der Neuen Hofkapelle Graz und Dolce Risonanza. Die junge Sängerin ist Preisträgerin der Austria Barock Akademie 2010.
Höhepunkte ihrer bisherigen sängerischen Laufbahn waren das Engagement für W. A. Mozarts „Zauberflöte“ am Landestheater Salzburg, G. F. Händels „Alcina“ am Teatru Manoel/Valetta/Malta, die Kammeroper „Première“ von Tristan Schulze im Theater an der Wien sowie Konzertauftritte im Wiener Konzerthaus und ORF Radiokulturhaus Wien. Anna Magdalena Auzinger sang die Rolle der „Belinda“ sowie „1st Witch“ in Henry Purcells „Dido & Aeneas“ im Rahmen des Festivals STYRIARTE und trat als Solistin im Rahmen des „Royal Festival of Music“ in Stockholm, des „Festival di Musica Antica“ in Urbino sowie des „XXXVI Festival International de Música Antigua“ in Daroca auf.
In der Saison 2015/16 war Anna Magdalena Auzinger als „Sugar“ im gleichnamigen Musical und als „Ottilie“ in der Operette „Im weißen Rössl“ am „Theater an der Rott“ (D) zu sehen. Außerdem feierte sie im gleichen Jahr ihr Debut als Solistin im Goldenen Saal des Musikvereins Wien und war Artist in Residence beim International Festival of Baroque Music in Bolivien.
Ein Jahr später wurde sie wieder am Theater an der Rott engagiert, diesmal für die Rolle der  „Valencienne“ in „Die Lustige Witwe“ und war in der gleichen Rolle auch bei der „Pramtaler Sommeroperette“ zu sehen.

Anna Magdalena Auzinger ist außerdem diplomierte Tanzpädagogin und unterrichtet im Performing Center Austria/ Performing Arts Studio, Showtime (Vienna’s English Theatre’s School of Performing Arts) und der Dance Factory in Klosterneuburg. In jüngerer Vergangenheit ist sie auch verstärkt als Choreografin tätig. (Opern- und Operettenchoreographien im Wiener Muth, Theater an der Rott, etc.)

Acting and Dance Teacher

Rosa Braber

Rosa BraberAs a young actor/singer/dancer, Brook performed in over 100 US and international stage productions- Othello, Great Expectations, West Side Story, Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma, Damn Yankees, The Shadowbox, Will Rogers Follies, Speed The Plow, Bye Bye Birdie, Oliver, Cinderella, My One and Only, The King and I, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Peter Pan, State Fair. He also appeared in the US tour of the Broadway show Crazy for You Brook Hall now travels the world as a producer, director, choreographer and casting
assistant. His weekly acting classes became the international acting training standard in Taipei, Taiwan, and he has twice been invited to give courses at the Beijing Tian Qiao National Performing Arts Center. Most recently, he was a guest at the ShenYang (China)Poly performing arts academy. Additionally, he has choreographed and directed many musicals, events, pop star tours, music videos and feature films in Macau, Singapore, and Taiwan. In 2015, he founded and built The Lab Space theatre and Butterfly Effect Theatre Co. in Taipei, where he served as artistic director. Productions he directed there and elsewhere include: Anything Goes (National Theatre of Taiwan), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Mandarin Premiere), Tuesdays With Morrie, Tape, the Diary of Anne Frank (Taiwanese tour), Sylvia, Title of Show, Parade, A Perfect Ganesh, and many Mandarinlanguage originals.

In film, he conceived and directed the opening scene for the $80 million Taiwanese Feature (M-RIDERS Voyage to PanGu). He served as First A.D. on the Hollywood feature, STAND. Furthermore, he has had the privilege to work with Oscar winners Ang Lee, Richard Linklater, and J.K. Simmons as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Jesse Tyler Fergusson, and many others.
In 2015, he worked with Marin Scorcese in creating on-camera acting/casting workshop for the feature SILENCE as well as working as a stand-in for Adam Driver on the film.

Assistant Music Teacher

Rosa Braber

JUNIORS Teacher

Rosa Braber

JUNIORS Teacher
ADULT Acting Teacher

Rosa Braber

Rosa BraberRosa (1989, NL) studied theatrical performance at the 'Toneelacademie Maastricht' (Academy of Performing Arts) and graduated in 2012 as a Bachelor of Arts. During and after her studies she wrote and created solo performances and participated in collaborative performances and plays. Those were shown at festivals and different theatres in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria.

In 2013 she published her first collection of poetry in the Netherlands. She taught drama at the Vienna International School and the Danube International School and also created her own adults workshop group, in which she focused on improvisation and building characters. At the moment she is working as an actress at the Bernhard Ensemble. As a freelancer she is creating her own solo performances.

 

 

 

ADULT and TEEN Acting Teacher

Thomas Nygaard

Thomas NygaardRichard originally trained as a Drama Specialist (B.Ed), then as an actor at LAMDA. He continued his training and worked with Jacques Lecoq, Philippe Gaulier and Antonio Fava. He teaches, directs and performs all over the world with his theatre company, Mime the Gap. His book of the same name, ‘Mime the Gap – Techniques in Mime and Movement’ is being published by Crowood Press in 2018. In 2014, Richard worked with Andy Serkis doing motion capture work for the physical vocabulary for Iron Man and Ultron for the film ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ 2015. He was also the personal mime tutor for Carey Mulligan for the feature film ‘Suffragette,’ and was a physical comedy consultant for the RSC’s ‘Arden of Faversham,’ 2015. Richard has been a personal tutor for Ben Cohen and Kristina on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in 2013 as well as a Body Language expert for James May’s ‘Man Lab’ for the BBC. He has also taught
Physical Comedy at The National Theatre and been a slow motion expert on Tim Burton’s ‘Sweeney Todd.’ Richard has taught and performed all over the world - for the Royal Family of Dubai, Qatar and at Buckingham Palace. Other teaching merits include the Royal College of Music, Oxford and Cambridge Universities and many of the UK top drama schools.

“My aim as an instructor is to teach students how to teach themselves, encouraging and inspiring impulses, curiosity and creativity. I try to draw out self-confidence and trust, so the student becomes independent, self sufficient and well-equipped to deal with any professional situation that the world might demand of them. I want to help students find themselves as performers organically. I focus on the three aspects of the self: mind, body and spirit, encouraging students to find their own body confidence, presence and focus in performance, and in life. My goal is to encourage joy within the work, so working hard becomes a passion that, in turn, helps the student convert their dreams into reality.”


ADULT Acting Teacher

Thomas Nygaard

Thomas NygaardSusanne is an actress, performer and singer. She studied Acting at the East 15 Acting School in London and has a Master's degree in Theatre Pedagogy.

After working as a theatre and film actress in the UK for several years, Susanne moved to Israel, where she focused on International Film work and performing with her band. In 2011 Susanne moved back to Vienna where she has been working in theatre, film and television.

Susanne is best known for her role as Queen Ralia in The Quest, an American TV series by the producers of The Lord of the Rings. Austrian cinema and television credits include Tatort, Schnell Ermittelt, Die Hölle directed by the Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky, Der Tote am Teich, as well as her main role in the Israeli independent film Low Tide, which premiered at the Berlinale in 2017.

Susanne is a member of the Vienna based theatre performance group Toxic Dreamsand regularly performs in their productions. Other theatre work include the 36-hour Improvathon with Ken Campbell in the UK, Die Räuber at Werk X, and The Photographer, a one-woman show which she developed in 2011. In 2014 Susanne performed in the critically acclaimed play The Flood by Badac Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

She is currently working on a music project called Krawalle und Liebe.

 

ADULT Acting Teacher

Thomas Nygaard

Thomas NygaardThomas Nygaard is a theatre practitioner/actor/dancer/coach, and an expert in devised theatre and physical theatre. Born in Denmark, Thomas is now based in Austria. He works as a freelance artist/teacher at a variety of performing arts universities and businesses in Vienna and Linz, and still travels back and forth to Denmark where he leads a project for the education department of the University of Copenhagen focussing on the Performing Arts and Leadership Training. Thomas received an MFA in Performing Arts from the Stockholm University of Performing Arts. He also received a diploma as a Stage Director from the Danish National School of Performing Arts, and as a Creative Performer from The Commedia School. Motto: Everything moves (Jaques Lecoq)