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

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

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.”

 

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.

 

 

 



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)