Vanessa is a multidisciplinary artist, sculptor, performance artist, actress, playwright, and designer who has performed throughout the country and internationally. She is an inaugural fellow and founding member of the Theatre Ensemble at the August Wilson Center where she wrote and performed her spoken word opera "root". She has since performed "root" at the Vineyard Playhouse in Martha's Vineyard and at Pittsburgh's Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre. Her next spoken word operetta, "love poem 4 water", will be performed at the Pittsburgh branch of the American Jewish Museum. Her sculptural work is in galleries, museums, and collections nationwide, including The David C. Driskell Center, the IP Stanback Museum, and The Progressive Collection. Next year, her work will be touring with "African-American Art 1950-Present", produced by The Smithsonian Institution and the University of Maryland. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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