about vivien

I'm a Toronto based actor, creator and facilitator who grew up playing pretend so much my parents eventually let me do it professionally.

Here I am working on my first film set

Since then, I've been working in voice over, radio, theatre, film and tv for the better part of two decades. I took breaks along the way and fully recommitted to this life in my twenties. 

my practical experience

I recently had the pleasure of playing Clara, a Mennonite community member, in Sarah Polley's latest feature film Women Talking (produced by and starring Frances McDormand). You can currently catch me in the feature film Clouds streaming on Disney + and in the comedy​ series New Eden (Crave TV). I've featured in numerous other films and a bunch of tv series. Check out my IMDB here.

 

I also love working in the theatre and I've had the honour of performing with a bunch of great Canadian theatre companies including; The National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage, Nightwood Theatre, Crow's, YPT, Factory, Volcano, The Coal Mine, Studio 180 and Summerworks. I was nominated for Outstanding Performance two years in a row at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards for my work in Guarded Girls (Tarragon) and Lo or Dear Mr. Wells (Nightwood).

my training

I'm a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Actor's Conservatory as well as the Centre for Actor Training at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, Massachusetts. I also spent time at the U of T studying Women, Gender and Equity with a Minor in Film and Drama TheoryI've trained intensively with esteemed acting teachers Rae Ellen Bodie, Lindy Davies, Larry Moss and, internationally revered voice teacher, Kristin Linklater. I draw heavily on my experience with Freeing the Natural Voice and the Linklater vocal progression in my work with clients.

 

I'm a trained life and wellness coach with Canada Coach Academy, where I am a candidate for ICF certification and I am currently studying with master coach and facilitator Tara Mohr, to become a qualified facilitator of her Playing Big model.

my approach

My approach to coaching is rooted in a wholistic framework combining comprehensive on camera coaching with career consultation and specific cognitive, emotional and somatic practices that support personal and creative well being. A coaching relationship is a partnership. I will listen deeply, ask questions, poke holes, offer feedback and create a safe container for you to connect with your inner wisdom, discover, explore and reach for new possibilities. Every artist is different and the strategies I use as a coach are tailored to each individual's needs.

My personal values of compassion, curiosity and respect deeply inform the way I approach my work.

I employ an explicitly feminist, queer, intersectional lens that actively aims to resist exclusionary systems of oppression. I strive to acknowledge my own privilege within these systems and within the coaching relationship while holding space for and honouring the lived experiences of everyone I work with. We do not shy away from addressing the complexities of working within an industry that we also seek to change. 

The aim of our work together is to help you find ways to help yourself.

 

We will create space for you to identify what you need to do your best work and let go of what's no longer serving you so that you can harness your inner confidence, move forward in alignment with what matters to you and keep making your brilliant art.

feel free to be in touch, I love hearing from you.