Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).
‡ Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Bringing more than two decades of dedicated service to the ASC, Vanessa has been a cornerstone of the Center’s growth. Her diverse contributions include directing productions for resident and touring troupes, founding educational programs for community members of all ages, and establishing leadership training sessions for both international executives and Continuing Legal Education. Vanessa’s journey with the ASC began as a performer in over 25 productions on the Blackfriars Playhouse stage, dating back to our inaugural season in 2002.
Beyond the ASC, Vanessa is recognized globally for her expertise in drama-based training and development. She has worked with multinational corporations and business schools worldwide, addressing crucial topics such as Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, and Change Management through her organization, Impact Drama (impactdrama.net). Vanessa is also the co-founder of the 50/50 Shakespeare Project™, dedicated to advancing gender equity in the workplace of Shakespeare’s plays (5050shakespeare.com). A proud member of Actors Equity Association and Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, Vanessa holds an M.A. in Ethics from Yale University.
Relocating from New York City, Vanessa will collaborate closely with Artistic Director Brandon Carter at Shakespeare’s American Home in Staunton, VA, ensuring the continued fulfillment of our vital mission at the ASC.