Actor, Dancer, Singer, Teaching Artist
Vanessa is a Chicago-based actor, dancer, singer, teaching artist, and education administrator.
She graduated from Northwestern in June 2018 with a B.S. in Theatre, minor in Political Science, certificate in Musical Theatre, and module in Musical Theatre Choreography. While at Northwestern, Vanessa served as Outreach Director and a teaching artist for Seesaw Theatre and lead community outreach and accessibility efforts for The Waa-Mu Show.
She serves as the Education Associate at Mudlark Theater, as well as teaching and directing for the company. She is psyched to continue to teach for Northlight Theatre and Actor's Gymnasium, working with young mind and bodies to facilitate agency, skills, and play.
She's passionate about inclusive and accessible theatre as a teacher, administrator, and artist. Talk with her about creating accessible, interactive theaterical experiences for kids on the Autism Spectrum with Seesaw Theatre or about her capstone project exploring the use of ASL as the basis for choreography.
When she's not in rehearsal or teaching, you can find her doing yoga, dancing, in circus class, boxing, listening to true crime podcasts, at her local candy store, or re-watching The West Wing on Netflix for the 32nd time.
This fall I'll be back Associate Directing 3:35PM, Mudlark Theater's first Fall Mainstage. Catch these fantastic young actors on stage on the Noyes Cultural Arts Center!
Until then, I'll be taking a few weeks to slow down after a whirlwind summer writing and directing two plays for Mudlark summer camps.
After 3:35PM, come see me at Cahn Auditorium in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Music Theater Works!
Over my past three years as a teaching artist, I have experienced firsthand the impact of meaningful arts education on students of all backgrounds and abilities. By fostering agency, creative-decision making, self-advocacy, and play through theatre, music, and dance, I hope to create space where young people can become better communicators, collaborators, and community members. Also, silly games will be played.