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Vanessa began as a child actor, in San Diego, as a musical theatre performer. Some of her more notable roles are:  Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me Kate, Sandy in Grease, Mary in Jesus Christ, Superstar, the roles of both “Robin” and “Sonja” in two different productions of Godspell, Annie Oakley in the review Irving Berlin, Tonight, Kathy in Company, Ginger in the original show Just Around the Corner, Molly in Girl Crazy, and the “Sound Artist” in the original show Wicked City Blues. This last one was a developing show that had several venues over the course of six years. The New York cast starred Jenn Colella.


While serving as the Endowed Chair in Telecommunications at Ball State University, Vanessa performed the role of the onstage sound artist (Foley) for A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, and two original productions, A Christmas Truce and A Few Houses Down for Indiana Public Radio in Muncie Indiana. 


In addition to a bachelor’s degree in theatre, Vanessa studied acting with Nina Foch and Bob Gibson, Randy Kirby, and Barbara Baltz. 

Vanessa is a member of Actors Equity Association.


Theater Lights photo by RW Sinclair

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