"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." - Ella Fitzgerald
Vivienne Powell is an actress and singer born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Whilst at school Vivienne sang in a trio, playing guitar and singing mostly folk music. This formative time helped her to realise her love of connecting with an audience.
Vivienne’s first trained as an actor with the Q Theatre in Sydney, studying under respected British director, Richard Brooks. From here she went on to develop her talents as a classical and opera singer, working over the years with well-known Australian vocal coaches, such as eminent conductor Richard Gill. Vivienne later travelled to Germany and Austria where she continued her singing training. She also holds a Master of Creative Arts (MCA) from the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Vivienne is an experienced concert artist, accomplished in singing in six languages. Her repertoire encompasses a wide variety of genres, from classical, opera, operetta, musical theatre, cabaret and jazz. She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and with numerous jazz bands. She has also appeared as a soloist at the Sydney Town Hall and City Recital Hall, Sydney. She has been employed by Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House as an opera singer and worked extensively as a solo concert artist for private, charity and corporate groups.
Vivienne has also worked as a teacher, trainer, conductor and musical director of numerous children’s choirs and vocal ensembles giving children valuable life experiences in music.
In 2012 Vivienne performed in her own highly successful solo cabaret show, Sentimental Journey, in the Hunter Valley and Sydney. Then after two highly acclaimed farewell concerts, From Schubert to Sondheim, she relocated to the United States to further her film and television career.
Now based in Los Angeles, Vivienne recently played the role of Susan in the critically acclaimed production of Ruben Guthrie for Los Angeles based Australian Theatre Company, for which she received a Broadway World nomination; and Bridget in Norelle Scott's Bridget and Iain for Short & Sweet Hollywood which won the Audience Award for Best Play. She also played the role of Elizabeth in Meme Kelly's Our Voices Our Stories at the Barnsdall Art Theatre, Hollywood. Recent film work includes the role of the embittered Mrs Maple in Ugly Benny, the dangerous killer Victoria in Beautiful Destroyer, and grieving mother Carla in Song From A Blackbird (which screened at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2014), as well as the lead role of Bridget in the short film, Bridget and Iain, soon to be submitted to film festivals worldwide. Vivienne can be seen on television as Bertie's Mom in seasons 1 and 3 of Judd Apatow's Netflix series, LOVE, and as the seductive Lilian Fleet in season 8 of Shameless.