Vanessa Valliere

Photo credit Joe Mazza


Vanessa Valliere’s work commits to an unexpected logic and surprising turns in storytelling. She is devoted to characters who feel weird or wrong either to themselves, or to the world around them. Her latest project incorporates puppetry, projection and elements of clown in an effort to explore and celebrate the beauty of that which lies beneath the surface of our very human and everyday insecurities. In her HCL residency, she will play with objects and music in and effort to take on the challenge of extending her storytelling to an evening length work.


Photo credit Gonzalo Guzman, Art Dir. Shirley Ellis, Tech Denny Chan


Vanessa Valliere is a performer who uses elements of clown and puppetry to create original work. Some of the Chicago venues that have presented her shows include The International Puppet Theater Festival (2015 & 2017), The Actor’s Gymnasium, and Theater on the Lake. Her work has also traveled to Boobie Trap in LA, the LEAF Festival in North Carolina, Puppets and Pasties in Brooklyn, and Open Eye Figure Theater in Minneapolis. Vanessa was invited to perform at DragonCon and the National Puppetry Slam in 2017 and 2018. She was the recipient of a 2017 Make A Wave grant and she completed a residency and performance with the Pivot Arts Festival in 2015. Vanessa performs with Manual Cinema, an internationally touring cinematic shadow and live action company, in “Ada/Ava” and “The End of TV.” From 2011 to 2016, Vanessa was a member of an ensemble of clowns/performers who were responsible for the creative content for Tour De Fat, a national touring festival. Vanessa has performed in Chicago with the Neo-Futurists and The New Colony and she is a co-devisor, performer, and rehearsal director with Theater Unspeakable. Vanessa is a proud nerd-cheerleader for Chicago’s own thirty-piece circus punk marching band, Mucca Pazza.