Vanessa-Faye has created and directed award-winning work in film and theatres across the UK. She has also been a freelance actor with wonderfully creative companies such as Kneehigh, Chris Goode, Rotozaza, Gideon Reeling/Punchdrunk, BBC, Theatre-O and The National Theatre. She gives workshops on devising and collaboration, and is available as a freelance dramaturg and director for theatre and film makers.
Vanessa-Faye is English and French, with Creole roots. She grew up in London, surrounding herself with serious texts and words for an English degree and a Masters in Shakespeare at The Globe. Then she went to Paris with a suitcase full of mime to study physical theatre and comedy for two years at Jacques Lecoq.
After approaching theatre from these opposite disciplines, she concluded that words and movement, tragedy and entertainment, tears and laughter should not be kept apart. She directs, makes and writes theatre, film, music, stories and performance… anything which brings them together.
"I have worked with Vanessa over the last year and been thoroughly impressed by her attention to detail and creative tenacity. Both in her film and theatre work she has an eye for talent, stylish storytelling and audience engagement and I’m keen to see her develop these skills more for film-making where possible. We need more female talent of this quality on UK film.”
Brek Taylor (Head of Film, Creative England)
"Vanessa ensured the work was flexible and responsive to the ensemble and the research nature of the project. As a Director I found it inspirational and thought provoking."
Yvonne Murphy (producer, director, Omidaze Productions)
Vanessa’s input as a writer and director was invaluable in helping me shape the characters that I had written. She gave me the confidence to continue developing the characters and take them to the next level. She is an excellent director with endless drive, a great team spirit with a super eye for detail and nuances within characters, music and tone within a piece of theatre or performance. I would recommend her without hesitation for any project.”
David McCusker (performer, writer, Captain Pancake)
Awards & Recognition
- UK Sitcom Trials winner 2016 (Writer, director)
- Park Theatre Script Accelerator 2016 (Sanguine Night, director & producer)
- Nominated best actor, Wales Theatre Awards 2016 (Richard III, Wales Millennium Centre)
- Shortlisted for Funny Women Awards 2016 (writer, performer, director)
- Shortlisted for Funny Women Awards 2015 (co-writer, movement)
- Samuel Beckett Theatre Award 2007 for Boileroom and The Terrific Electric (director, co-director)
- Coup de Coeur Canal Plus Award 2004 for short film Rosbeef (associate director/producer)
- Co-Filmic 2012 Audience Award for The History Girls (writer, associate director)
- Shortlisted for Total Theatre Award 2009, Time Out Critics Choice for Sweeney Todd: His Life, Times and Execution (movement director, composer)