DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
Acting (English Theatre)
Vanessa is the artistic director of Alberta Theatre Projects. This is her third season in the role. Directing highlights at Alberta Theatre Projects include The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood; the world premieres of Tyland by Greg MacArthur (Enbridge playRites Festival 2010) and The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop (2009/2011); The Syringa Tree starring Meg Roe; the world premieres of Why Freud Fainted by David Rhymer, and Pinocchio by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop; and Proof, Plan B, The Hobbit, and the world premiere of Respectable by Ron Chambers. Other favourite directing work includes Queen Lear for Urban Curvz Theatre, The Enchanted Child with the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Ensemble, and When That I Was for The Shakespeare Company, for which she won a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Direction in 2009. From 1998-2006, Vanessa was a dramaturg on staff at Alberta Theatre Projects, where she oversaw the development and production of over 30 new Canadian plays.
Vanessa is a jury member for the 2011 Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, the largest award in Canadian theatre, and she’s heading to Vancouver to direct The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood at the Arts Club Theatre Company.