Our Native Speakers

One of the greatest opportunities provided by the EAA program is the opportunity to work with native speakers. Whether it be in or out of the classroom, with or without a teacher, in small groups or one-to one, the pupils have the chance to practice their skills with someone who grew up with the language.

Andre Wright

Singer, dancer actor originally from Canada. Graduated as a special care counsellor and studied musical theater privately. Throughout his career he worked with music acts such as Celine Dion, Lara Fabien and Cirque du Soleil, In 2001 he relocated to Vienna where he works as a performer and fitness trainer. He has performed in musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, Aachen, Tutanchamun, Die Nacht der Musicals and Motown and Soul. From 2009 until 2013 he toured with Wolfgang Ambros and Klaus Eberhartinger in Watzmann. He continues to work as a dance instructor and performer. Lastly, he has been working as an English native speaker for over 10 years where he incorporates music and dance to motivate and educate. In his own words “music is the key that speaks not only to the heart but most importantly to the soul.


Alicia O’Neill

Alicia O’Neill was born and raised in Fresno, California.  She has worked professionally on stage from the age of eleven. After 20 years of training, studying, and working on stage, her love for teaching prompted Alicia to spend more time in the classroom.  Alicia has been teaching English for the last five years in Vienna and the surrounding area.  Before that and between stage engagements, she enjoyed offering private conversation lessons. Putting her openness and gift of gab into good use.   


Mark Rauhala

Hi, my name is Mark Rauhala and I come from the United States of America! I was born in a suburb of Washington D.C. called Arlington, Virginia, but since my family was in the military, we moved around the United States quite a bit. I spent most of my life, however, in the beautiful state of Colorado. I now study French and Ukrainian at the University of Vienna and in addition to foreign languages, my passions include music and gastronomy! I look forward to another exciting year at the Sportgymnasium!