Vanessa Shealy

Vanessa Shealy

Originally from Oklahoma City, Vanessa Shealy completed her MFA in Acting from the University of Georgia before moving to the Big Apple, where she is a writer and actor. Vanessa’s full length plays include "Tea in the Afternoon," "American Drum Circle," and "One, Two, Whatever you do..." Her short plays include "A Captive Audience," "Cataracts," and a short solo...
Originally from Oklahoma City, Vanessa Shealy completed her MFA in Acting from the University of Georgia before moving to the Big Apple, where she is a writer and actor. Vanessa’s full length plays include "Tea in the Afternoon," "American Drum Circle," and "One, Two, Whatever you do..." Her short plays include "A Captive Audience," "Cataracts," and a short solo play, "Naked." Her plays have been published, workshopped, or produced by UP Theater Company, Estrogenius Festival, The Abingdon Theater, The Actors Studio, Emerging Artists Theater, Sola Voce Festival, Queens Theater in the Park, South Street Theater, FringeNYC, Project Y, OnTheRoadRep, IndieTheatreNow, and ESPA/Primary Stages. A television spec script of hers was selected by the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship for a script review at the American Black Film Festival, and a different spec was selected as a ScriptapoloozaTV finalist. Her original comedic short film, "Whistle & Snap" screened at six film festivals, including the Montreal Black Film Festival, and she was a contributing writer and performer for several NYC live sketch comedy shows. Vanessa was a co-producer of the feature length documentary, Souled Out Comedy, which won the Audience Choice award at The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival. She is also a performer who has appeared onstage in over 30 professional productions, in independent films, on television and in national commercials. She is the co-creator and writer of the comic book series Couri Vine.

Plays

  • Tea in the Afternoon
    Elizabeth arrives on a mysterious great aunt's doorstep looking for answers. Instead, she unearths a well of mutual need and feisty antagonism, as each sees in the other some echo of a woman they remember.

    "Fantastic writing…surprising and really intelligent...you think you know what to expect, but it slowly keeps making left turns, small shifts in your expectations that keep it from...
    Elizabeth arrives on a mysterious great aunt's doorstep looking for answers. Instead, she unearths a well of mutual need and feisty antagonism, as each sees in the other some echo of a woman they remember.

    "Fantastic writing…surprising and really intelligent...you think you know what to expect, but it slowly keeps making left turns, small shifts in your expectations that keep it from being either predictable or unbelievable." - Talking Broadway
  • American Drum Circle
    Eighteen-year-old Mandy is torn between childhood dreams and adult responsibilities. Then she meets Olujimi, a rising hip hop artist from Africa, who escaped his parents to pursue dreams of stardom in America. From family fraud and family failure, Mandy and Olujimi look for a future in each other. Will that be enough to escape the rhythm of the past?
  • Naked
    Naked is an in-depth portrait of a young mother posing as the self-assured woman she feels she’s expected to be. Hoping that nude modeling for an art class will restore her sense of self, she eventually finds a way to accept her circumstances, even if life isn’t everything she hoped it would be.