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Department of Theatre & Dance
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC0344
La Jolla, CA 92093-0344
Office: GH 324
Phone: (858) 534-3791
Fax: (858) 534-1080
Email: vstalling@ucsd.edu Office hours:
Mon. 9am - 10am
Wed. 3pm - 4pm
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  Vanessa Stalling
Directing Faculty


Vanessa Stalling received her MFA from Illinois State University. She is a professional theatre director. Upcoming workshops and productions include a new play by Isaac Gomez, PerKup Elkhorn, at Northlight Theatre, and Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves at The Goodman Theatre. Her most recent productions include Lauren Yee’s Hookman for Steep Theatre and United Flight 232 for The House Theatre. Vanessa adapted United Flight 232 from Laurence Gonzales’ Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival. The production received six Jeff Award nominations, winning for Best Production Midsize and for Best Ensemble.

For ten years, Vanessa was a primary artist at Redmoon Theatre, an internationally recognized maker of large-scale outdoor spectacles. While at Redmoon, she developed all original works of theater as an actor, director, and ultimately as associate artistic director. Memorable experiences at Redmoon include directing Mickle Maher’s The Cabinet, which toured Brazil as part of the FILO Festival, and directing ephemeral performances for President Obama’s initial Halloween Celebration at the White House.

Professor Stalling has held teaching positions at Roosevelt University, Columbia College, and the University of Chicago. She is a company member of The House Theatre of Chicago, was The Goodman Theatre’s 2016 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow, and has received two 3Arts Award nominations. At UC San Diego, she will advise and instruct graduate directing students, teach undergraduate directing courses, and direct productions.

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