Hi! I'm Vanessa, an actress/singer/puppeteer/playwright and arts educator here in NYC. 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. I always knew that New York was where I needed to be as an artist, but never could have dreamed of the amazing community I've been lucky enough to be a part of.
As a working Latina artist, I fiercely believe in the idea of leading by example and showing that female artists of color can thrive and carve their own path to success in theater. I stand for activating, educating, and lifting each other up through creativity, empathy, inclusion, fearlessness, and collaboration.
When I'm not creating/writing/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.
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 ALL artists of color are the keys to building a more equitable industry and city.
I proudly conduct my business and art in transparent ways with all of my collaborators/students, making sure that everyone feels well informed, supported, and empowered as we work together to amplify our stories. 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!