Vanessa

Pereda-Felix

ABOUT ME

As a working Chicana artist, actor, playwright, community builder, and teaching artist I fiercely stand by the idea of leading by example and showing that artists of color can thrive and carve their own path and definition of success in the American theater.

 

I was born and raised in Salinas, CA, graduated with my B.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University Fresno, and immediately moved to Brooklyn, NY. Growing up homeless and poor in my youth in Central California, it is my mission to break the chains of inaccessible artistic opportunities and create structures where ALL BIPOC artists, especially those with backgrounds similar to my own, can thrive and have a place at the theatrical table.

 

As a playwright, I’m most interested in highlighting stories of thriving, complex, and evolving contemporary Chicanx/Latinx lives in the United States. I write to break away from stereotypes and archetypes and normalize ideas of success, sex, marriage, relationships, and education through the lens of the modern Latinx experiences.

When I'm not acting, performing, creating, writing, and turning to my own experiences as an artist, I run several arts education and community-based programs in Brooklyn NY, as well as serve as a Teaching Artist in several educational and theatrical spaces. 

 

I am particularly interested in amplifying Chicanx/Latinx/Afro-Latinx youth’s voices in both marginalized and blended parts of Brooklyn, NY, and other communities across the United States where large populations of Chicanx/Latinx/Afro-Latinx people occupy space. 

 

I believe in being an active participant in my communities, advocating for climate and overall restorative justice, being involved in local politics, and stand by the idea that artistic educational initiatives/opportunities for BIPOC artists are part of the foundation to building a more equitable industry and city.

 

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MY DECLARATIONS

I lovingly and fiercely stand in the earth of my ancestors who were violently exploited, raped, and murdered and to whom part of this country belongs, and to the Black community that was enslaved, murdered, and forced to build this nation. I pledge to lead my artistic and community-based pursuits acknowledging the erasure of culture, traditions, and priceless sacred practices and stories, liberation, and success of my fellow indigenous people of color and the Black community.

 

I will not tolerate practices or behaviors that cause physical, emotional, sexual harm, or place inferiority on any group of people.

 

I strive to move as an artist and leader in transparent ways with all of my collaborators and do my best to make sure that all feel well informed, supported, and considered as we work together to create our stories.

 

Because I believe in making theatre accessible for all and giving back to our communities through the arts, I prioritize integrating educational, cultural, and social opportunities to engage in conversation as an accompaniment to my art.

 

It is my life’s work to flourish as an artist and open the same artistic opportunities I have been given to other artists of color. I am determined to create more pathways, and realistic opportunities of engagement in the American Theater so BIPOC artists can thrive and have a place at the theatrical table.  

I am always looking for opportunities to work with other artists that share a like-minded point of view and would love to work with you!

I hope we get to collaborate very soon! Take care and stay safe!

Con Gracias,

VPF

 

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