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Vanessa Stalling is a director of theater. Recent productions include: Roe, at The Goodman Theatre, Tiny Beautiful Things, at Victory Gardens, and Photograph 51 at The Court Theatre, for which she won a Jeff Award for Best Direction. Her adaptation and direction of United Flight 232 from the book Flight 232, by Laurence Gonzales, won Jeff Awards for Best Production and Best Ensemble. Upcoming productions include The Great Leap, at AsoloRep and Fen, at The Court Theatre. 


Vanessa was a primary artist at Redmoon Theater where she served as a director, performer, and Associate Artistic Director. As an artist at Redmoon, she enjoyed directing several productions including a remount of The Cabinet, which toured Brazil as part of the FILO Festival, Last of My Species, Winter Pageant, Princess ClubTwilight Orchard, and roaming performances for President Obama's Halloween celebrations at The White House.


She has held teaching positions at Roosevelt University, Columbia College, University of Chicago, and is Area Head of directing at UC San Diego's Department of Theatre & Dance


Vanessa is located primarily in San Diego and Chicago.