Adrianne is the Artistic Producer of the Lyric Repertory Company and the Head of the Department of Theatre Arts at Utah State University. Originally from New Zealand, she also lived for long periods of time in Australia, Papua New Guinea and England before coming to the US 20 years ago.
She did her undergraduate degree in New Zealand (University of Auckland) and after some time in Australia moved to the UK to pursue a Diploma in Directing with the British Theatre Association. She directed plays on the London Fringe and also taught voice and acting at Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She returned to New Zealand for the birth of her first child and managed to slide in a few plays and some teaching before leaving again, this time for the United States. She completed an MFA in directing at Florida State University and taught directing and voice at FSU before moving west to join the faculty at Utah State University and the theatre community in Salt Lake City. This state has proved a great fit with all the wonderful outdoor stuff (especially mountain biking) and such a vibrant theatre community. She has continued her passion for directing and accent coaching, teaching at Utah State University while maintaining a freelance career as a director and voice/dialect coach.
Professionally she has continued to enjoy fruitful relationships with several theatre companies over the last several years as both a director and a dialect coach. For the Salt Lake Acting Company she has served as dialect coach on around 20 shows including the Tony Award-winning play Hand to God and Angels in America. She coached dialects for several productions at Pioneer Theatre Company and served for two seasons as the fall voice and text coach for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Films include the AMC pilot Galyntine and the film The Redemption of Sarah Cain.
She has directed a range of work – contemporary plays, Shakespeare and a few musicals but her particular passion is working with writers on the development of new scripts. A favorite was a collaboration with the Fry Street Quartet, physicist Robert Davies and filmmaker Conor Provenzano, which resulted in Emergence, a multimedia performance focused on the issues of climate change and sustainability.
She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (the national union for professional directors and choreographers). In addition to directing, vocal and dialect coaching, she is also a voice actor, teacher and a parent. She last sailed in Spring 2015 and is absolutely thrilled to be traveling around the world again with Semester at Sea.