Vanessa Ballam currently serves as an associate professor and head of acting in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Idaho State University. She’s also the education director for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre.
Vanessa has been performing professionally, directing and teaching theatre around the country for the past nineteen years. She has worked with such companies as Theatre Under the Stars, PCPA Theatrefest, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Anchorage Opera, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Music Theatre West, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre and the Old Lyric Repertory Company.
Vanessa spent three years as a resident actor at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, where she oversaw the first year acting program. She has also served as a visiting assistant professor of theatre at Utah State University.
Some of her favorite roles include Eliza in My Fair Lady, Peg in Peg O’ My Heart, Desdemona in Othello, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical, Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Fantine in Les Misérables.
A proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association, Vanessa received a BA and BFA from Utah State University and an MFA from Indiana University. She is a mother to Sebastian and spouse of actor Stefan Espinosa.