Farrell is an actress, author, storyteller, licensed teacher and
licensed pilot. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from
Syracuse University in Education, and a Masterís degree in
Educational Theatre from the New York University.
She taught on the elementary school level for many years,
taking her young students to airfields and demonstrating her
flying maneuvers in conjunction with units of study on aviation.
As a professional actress, she has worked in films, commercials,
soap operas, and has performed in dinner theatre, summer stock,
childrenís theatre and touring companies.
The Musical Storyteller, Vivian has performed for over 15 years
in thousands of schools for tens of thousands of children and she
continues to introduce classical music to children in this colorful
setting with her original stories set to the music of the masters -- in
libraries, colleges, schools and theatres in the US and Canada.
Vivian's recording, Vivian Farrell, The Musical Storyteller, is
selling here and in other countries. She has narrated the Nutcracker
for several seasons for the Eglevsky Ballet Company at Nassau Coliseum
and has performed The
Musical Storyteller at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall,
CITICORP, Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, Parrish Art Museum and many
more. She has appeared on the Joe Franklin Show on numerous occasions,
CBS Televisionís PM Magazine, and other TV and radio talk shows.
is the author of the childrenís book, Robertís Tall Friend: A
Story of The Fire Island Lighthouse, which is historical fiction.
had its second printing in 1994 and its tenth anniversary edition in
1997. Now, she is delighting audiences with her dramatic
performances of her book. Both book and performances are used by
many schools to fulfill the Social Studies Curriculum -- Local History,
a New York State requirement.
My Courageous Sister, is Vivianís newest work. It
was introduced in March (Womenís History Month) 1994, to middle
and upper elementary school children in 36 schools, totaling 50
performances in that month. After extensive research, including
interviewing Ameliaís younger sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, Vivian
has based her play on, and with special permission, has named the play
after, Murielís book, Amelia, My Courageous Sister, which is
co-authored by Carol L. Osborne, aviation historian.