Aviva Armour-Ostroff was born in Montreal, raised in South Africa, and has called Toronto home for over thirty years. Since graduating from George Brown Theatre School, Aviva has made a name for herself as an accomplished stage actor and director, having seven Dora nominations and one win to her credit.
Aviva founded and produced The Lab Cab Festival, an annual multi-arts festival of new works that she ran for thirteen years.
Aviva was heavily involved in new play development, combining her skills as an actor, director, dramaturg and playwright.
With experience being in front of the camera, Aviva first got behind the lens in 2016, when she and partner Arturo Perez Torres directed and produced The Drawer Boy. The film, based on the play by the same name, won fourteen international film festival awards.
Finding her home behind the lens, Aviva has since directed a short film, webseries, and completed a feature titled Lune, currently on the film festival circuit.
Drawing inspiration from stage craft, Aviva incorporates theatrical ideologies into her filmmaking.