Hi! I'm Vanessa Pereda-Felix. 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.
As a 2nd generation Chicana growing up homeless and poor in Central California it is my mission to break the chains of unaccessible artistic opportunities and create structures where artists of color can thrive and have a place at the theatrical table.
I believe in being an active participant in my communities, 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.
When I'm not acting, performing, creating, writing, and turning to my own experiences as an artist, I’m particularly interested in amplifying 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 Latinx/Afro-Latinx people occupy space.
I am currently:
The Youth and Community Programmer for the Bushwick Starr: thebushwickstarr.org
The Artistic Operations and Educational Director for ¡Oye! Group: oyegroup.org
A proud company member of Colt Coeur: coltcoeur.org
HOW I WORK
I lovingly and fiercely stand in the earth of my ancestors, (to whom part of this country belongs and was violently ripped, raped, and murdered away, and to the Black community that was enslaved, murdered, and forced to build this nation,) and lead my artistic and community-based pursuits prioritizing the acknowledgment, 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!