Vanessa. S. Valliere is a performer, puppeteer, and clown.
Vanessa tours as Ada with Manual Cinema in their production of Ada/Ava. Manual Cinema is an internationally touring cinematic shadow and live action company based in Chicago. She is also one of the original cast members of Manual Cinema's The End of TV, a production that was given a New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project grant.
From 2011 to 2016, Vanessa was also a member of an ensemble of clowns/performers for Tour De Fat, a touring festival sponsored by New Belgium Brewery. The Tour De Fat ensemble was responsible for the creation and performance of the festival’s creative content.
Vanessa also performed with Big Nazo, a puppet company based in Providence, RI. She has performed in Chicago with the Neo-Futurists, The New Colony, Theater Unspeakable and Pivot Arts. She is a co-devisor and touring performer with Theater Unspeakable’s “The American Revolution,” a production that tours nationally and has been presented by Lincoln Center Education in New York. Vanessa has performed her devised solo puppetry/clown work in Chicago at the International Puppetry Festival (2015 & 2017), The Actor’s Gymnasium, Loyola University, and The Chi-Town Clown Revue at Theater on the Lake. She has toured nationally with her shows in the Le Tigre Tent and her puppet shows have been featured at the LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, NC, Puppets and Pasties in Brooklyn, the Puckin Fuppet Slam in Atlanta, Boobie Trap in LA, the Wham Bam Puppet Slam in Asheville, NC, The Empire Revue in Providence, RI and the Toy Theater After Dark Festival at Open Eye Figure Theater in Minneapolis. Her full-length solo show was produced by Pivot Arts and had a run in Chicago in 2015 at the Uptown Underground. She was also invited to perform both her short form and evening length shows at DragonCon in 2017 and 2018. She was also asked to perform at the National Puppet Slam in St. Paul in 2017 and in Atlanta in 2018.
Vanessa is a proud nerd-cheerleader for Chicago's own thirty-piece circus punk marching band, Mucca Pazza. Mucca Pazza is a national touring band that has been featured on the Conan O'Brien show and Tiny Desk Concerts. Vanessa has also been a lindy hopper/swing dancer for eleven years.