photo: David Higgins



Vanessa Gilbert is a creative producer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Providence, RI who works with humans, objects, and digital media.  She makes, produces, and directs performance works of varying scales, from miniature puppet theatre to multi-day performance festivals and opera.  In 17 years with Perishable Theatre, Vanessa directed and produced scores of plays and events and founded both Blood from a Turnip-RI’s only late night puppet salon and the Resident Artist at Perishable Theatre program.   She has developed and taught classes in theatre history, theatre for social change, directing and producing for learners of all ages. Vanessa  is a proud member of the Magdalena Project, an international network for women in contemporary theatre for which she instigated Magdalena USA, to date the only Magdalena Project festival in the USA.  Vanessa is also an associate artist with Sleeping Weazel, an expansive theatre company based between Boston, MA and the internet. Her work has been featured at Perishable Theatre, the HERE Arts Center, The Castle of Imagination Festival (Ustka and Gdansk, Poland,) the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, among others.  She received her MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College in May 2015.