Tuesdays, March 16 through April 20
Instructor: Vanessa Hope
Prior Experience: Not required
In a fun, comfortable environment, learn how to listen and communicate more effectively. Practice being more relaxed, present and persuasive in public through the study of physical, vocal, analytical, and textual techniques used by actors and directors in the theatre. Maximize the potential of all communication—every meeting, presentation and negotiation—by developing the skills of a professional actor.
Vanessa Hope, STC Teaching Artist
Years with STC: 13
Why I Teach: I help people increase self-confidence, develop leadership skills, rediscover their creativity, and enhance their self-worth. I do it because I want to live in a world where we value and foster self-worth, empathy, and creativity in ourselves and others.
What Students Say: “Vanessa is among the best teachers I have had. She is enthusiastic, positive and incredibly supportive. I learned skills that yielded rapid improvement in my ability to engage audiences, prepare presentations and feel confident in high-pressure situations.”
Vanessa Hope is a Leadership and Public Speaking Coach helping individuals and teams become more authentic, confident, influential, and successful. Her classes are designed to empower you to be more collaborative, communicative, creative, and compassionate. Her unique approach and proven methods are influenced by a lifetime of experience in the spotlight as an actress and a personal commitment to equity, inclusion, belonging, and achievement. She has performed in plays across the country, on television in Los Angeles, and co-founded The Faction of Fools, an improvisation-based devised theater company in Washington, DC. She holds an MFA in Acting from Purdue University, a BFA in Acting from UMBC, and a certificate from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She is currently pursuing an M.S. in Organizational Development at George Mason University.