From the first time she saw the musical Annie, Ariana knew she wanted to give 'the hard knock life' of theatre her best shot! In 1995, she auditioned for her dream role of an orphan, but Hartford Children's Theatre had different plans for her. Instead, at age nine, she was cast as Charlie Bucket's dad, Mr. Bucket, in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, beginning what would become a long standing trend of playing character roles at least 15-30 years older than her!
Growing up in Connecticut, she was immersed in the performing arts, singing in vocal competitions and with various choral groups, as well as performing in several musicals at school and throughout her community. In high school, she was selected as one of six singers to participate in the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT, a scholarship program providing voice lessons and coaching, music theory and piano training, as well as monthly masterclasses and yearly recitals. Ariana went on to continue her collegiate vocal studies with Chair of Voice & Opera, Patty Thom at The Boston Conservatory where she studied Vocal Performance with an Opera Emphasis.
After college, Ariana relocated to New York, where she continues her career as a professional singer and actress, working as a freelance soloist for special events and churches, and traveling to perform in theatrical productions throughout the country and abroad! As an actress, Ariana has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Singapore with National and International Touring productions of My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. She has also performed in several regional productions at theaters throughout the country including Paper Mill Playhouse, The Gateway Playhouse, The Palace Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Westchester Broadway Theatre, La Comedia Dinner Theatre, Theatre Three, White Plains Performing Arts Center, and the John W. Engeman Theater.
In 2019, Ariana was recognized and featured as one of "New York's Latinos 40 Under 40" in the inaugural New York City edition of the Chicago based publication Negocios Now magazine. In addition to performing, Ariana has served as a director, vocal director, vocal coach and teacher, having contributed to various productions at the John W. Engeman Theater, Bayway Arts Center, Studio Theatre of Lindenhurst, Conard High School, George F. Baker High School, and Take A Bow Playhouse. She was a Teaching Artist with the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts' Musical Explorers program created in conjunction with the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, which introduces different musical genres to elementary school students. Ariana is an active private coach and teacher, and currently provides vocal technique and music fundamentals training in New York City to students of all skill levels. For more information about lessons, please visit the contact page!
Ariana recently returned to New York City after two years of traveling and performing around the United States and Canada in the NETworks North American tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. She went on to make her Off Broadway debut as Divonne Bruder in the NYC premiere of The Green Room at the American Theatre of Actors. Ariana is currently part of the development of the new musical Love is Love is Love the Musical with Music and Lyrics by Michelle Lee. She will also be making her Paper Mill Playhouse debut in Sister Act this April!
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