Vanessa Aspillaga

Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA

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Vanessa Aspillaga BIO

Born in Miami and raised on Miami Beach, Ms. Aspillaga moved to New York City at 17. Her first professional job as an actor was playing "Marie" in the film "Mr. Wonderful" directed by Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella. Concurrently, she auditioned, and was accepted, into The LAB (Latino Actors' Base) now known as the seminal LAByrinth Theater Company.
In 2003, she made her Broadway debut in the role of "Marela" alongside Jimmy Smits in the Pulitzer Prize winning play "Anna in the Tropics" written by Nilo Cruz and directed by Emily Mann. In 2006 she played the role of "Matilde" alongside Jill Clayburgh and Blair Brown in Sarah Ruhl's Pulitzer Prize finalist "The Clean House" at Lincoln Center Theater. She returned to Lincoln Center Theater in 2013 performing several characters, including a woman speaking Urdu, alongside Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf, in "Domesticated" written by Bruce Norris and directed by Anna Shapiro.
She has had the pleasure of acting on such stages as: The Public Theater's New York Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte, Brooklyn Academy of Music, INTAR, New York Theatre Workshop, The Women's Project, La MaMa Etc., HERE, and Theater for the New City, to name a few.
She earned her Actors' Equity Association card doing "Voir Dire" written by Joe Sutton and directed by Doug Hughes at Seattle Repertory. She is proud to have cut her teeth as an actor by working at many distinguished regional theaters including: McCarter Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, and New York Stage and Film.
She has been acted in numerous films and television shows. For more information about her film and television work look her up on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0039665/

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Vanessa Aspillaga STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
The Public Theater New York Premiere, 2019
Luisa

[Off-Broadway]
Atlantic Theater Company World Premiere, 2019
MTV DJ

[Off-Broadway]
Roundabout Off-Broadway Premiere, 2018
Kathy

[New York]
Signature Theatre World Premiere Production, 2016
Daphne

[Off-Broadway]
2013
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
2009
Esperanza / Saviana / Angelica / Marie-Clair / Sibyl

[Off-Broadway]
2008
Darling

[Off-Broadway]
2006
Matilde

[Off-Broadway]
2006
Dinah

[Off-Broadway]
2005
Audrey

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2003
Marela


Vanessa Aspillaga Awards and Nominations

The Lortels - 2018 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Vanessa Aspillaga, Amy and the Orphans

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Recap the Recent Works of Thomas Kail

Thomas Kail is returning to Broadway to direct the new revival of Sweeney Todd, which is now in previews and officially opens on March 26. Here are just a few of his projects from the past decade, that you may or may not have known about!

Jamie Brewer to Lead AMY & THE ORPHANS Film Adaptation

Jamie Brewer will reprise her role in the film adaptation of the 2018 Off-Broadway play Amy & The Orphans. Lindsey Ferrentino will adapt the play for the big screen, also making her directorial debut with the film. Edward Barbanell will also star in the film as a new role written for the screen.

Lindsey Ferrentino Will Adapt Her Play AMY AND THE ORPHANS for Netflix

Jamie Brewer won the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her work in 'Amy and the Orphans,' which follows estranged siblings Maggie and Jake, who are adults by the time their elderly father dies, but still wish a “grown up” could sort it out.

HB Studio Presents Free Readings Of Jose Rivera's MARICELA DE LA LUZ LIGHTS UP THE WORLD

José Rivera's wild and fanciful holiday play Maricela De La Luz Lights the World, directed by David Deblinger, co-founder of the Labyrinth Theater Company and HB faculty member, follows the adventures of Maricela and her brother Riccardo as they save the world from weather catastrophe.  

HB STUDIO To Shine Light On Urgency Of Climate Change With Two Upcoming Events

This fall HB STUDIO is shining its spotlight on the urgency of climate change with two upcoming events:  the American Scoreboard performances of verbatim readings of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on The Need for Leadership to Combat Climate Change for two performances only on Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21 at 7pm; and a staged reading of playwright José Rivera's fanciful Maricela De La Luz Lights the World, directed by David Debinger, on Friday, December 6 at 7pm and Saturday, December 7 at 2pm.  All performances, which are free of charge, take place at HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street.  Reservations can be made at hbstudio.eventbrite.com. 

BWW Review: Luis Alfaro's MOJADA Adapts An Ancient Text Into A Contemporary Refugee Story

In Alfaro's take on Euripides' MEDEA, titled Mojada, the varying attitudes towards assimilation within a family of Mexican refugees who lack documentation lead to a devastating conflict.

Photo Flash: First Look at Luis Alfaro's MOJADA at The Public

MacArthur Genius Award-winning playwright Luis Alfaro returns to The Public with MOJADA, the New York premiere of his stirring drama about love, immigration, and sacrifice, inspired by the Ancient Greek story of Medea. See production photographs!

The Public Theater Begins Performances For New York Premiere Of MOJADA

 The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) will begin performances for the New York premiere of MOJADA on Tuesday, July 2 with a Joseph Papp Free Preview in The Public's LuEsther Hall. Written by MacArthur Genius Award-winning playwright Luis Alfaro and directed by Obie Award-winning directorChay Yew, MOJADA is a bold new telling of a story as old as tragedy itself. MOJADA will run through Sunday, August 11, with an official press opening on Wednesday, July 17.

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with MOJADA at The Public

Check out all new rehearsal photos from the New York premiere of MOJADA, written by Luis Alfaro and directed by Chay Yew. Performances begin on Tuesday, July 2 and run through Sunday, August 11 at The Public with an official press opening on Wednesday, July 17.

Tickets Now On Sale For The So-fi Festival At Westbeth

The June 2019 So-fi festival announces that it will be presenting works at The Clemente's Los Kabayitos and Flamboyan Theaters (107 Suffolk St. between Rivington & Delancey) and Westbeth (463 West Street between Bethune and West 12th St) June 6th-23rd 2019.

Daphne Rubin Vega, Grace McLean, and More Will Lead Reading of STAND

New Dramatists presents alumna reading of OBIE-winner Caridad Svich's new play STAND starring Daphne Rubin Vega (Rent and Miss You Like Hell), Grace McLean (Alice by Heart and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), Vanessa Aspillaga (Daphne's Dive, and Amy and the Orphans) and Cindy De La Cruz (Stupid F-ing Bird, Arden Theatre) on March 28, 2019 at 3 PM at New Dramatists in New York City under the direction of Adrian Alexander Alea (Dreaming in Cuban, The Drama League).

Atlantic Theater Co Extends EDDIE AND DAVE

Atlantic Theater Company announces a one-week extension of the world premiere production of Eddie and Dave, written by and featuring Amy Staats

BWW Review: Amy Staats' Fun and Frisky Look at Van Halen, EDDIE AND DAVE

'We can't talk about him, there's not enough time.' That's the quick explanation given to the audience as to why there's nobody portraying Michael Anthony, described 'as a bassist with a golden voice and a mullet that will last twenty years' in Amy Staats' fun and frisky comedy about some of the controversies surrounding big-haired metal rockers Van Halen, Eddie and Dave.

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of Atlantic's EDDIE AND DAVE

Atlantic Theater Company stages the world premiere production of Eddie and Dave, written by and featuring Amy Staats (Miles for Mary, Atlantic's Tow Playwright-in-Residence) and directed by Margot Bordelon (Plot Points in Our Sexual Development).

Photo Flash: First Look at Atlantic's EDDIE AND DAVE

Atlantic Theater Company stages the world premiere production of Eddie and Dave, written by and featuring Amy Staats (Miles for Mary, Atlantic's Tow Playwright-in-Residence) and directed by Margot Bordelon (Plot Points in Our Sexual Development). Get a first look below!

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Atlantic's EDDIE AND DAVE

Atlantic Theater Company stages the world premiere production of Eddie and Dave, written by and featuring Amy Staats (Miles for Mary, Atlantic's Tow Playwright-in-Residence) and directed by Margot Bordelon (Plot Points in Our Sexual Development).

Adina Verson, Vanessa Aspillaga Among Cast of Atlantic's EDDIE AND DAVE

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce casting for the world premiere production of Eddie and Dave, written by and featuring Amy Staats (Miles for Mary, Atlantic's Tow Playwright-in-Residence) and directed by Margot Bordelon (Plot Points in Our Sexual Development)

The Muse Project Holds Mini Gala, Presentations Through The Weekend At The Flea Theater

The Muse Project, in association with The Tank, presents Musings: a collection of Mini Muse presentations at The Flea Theater as a part of their Anchor Partnership. The Muse Project gives women performers the time, space, and opportunity to experiment with and explore their fantasy projects. Musings showcases the paradigm-shifting storytelling that 5 of New York's leading stage actresses have developed through intensive workshops, called Mini Muses.

Lynn Cohen, Lewis Black, Florencia Lozano, Vanessa Aspillaga & More Set To Present This Week At The Flea

The Muse Project, in association with The Tank, presents Musings: a collection of Mini Muse presentations at The Flea Theater as a part of their Anchor Partnership. Musings runs from Monday, October 15th - Sunday October, 21st at The Flea's new home at 20 Thomas Street in Tribeca.

Lynn Cohen, Jessica Frances Dukes, Déa Julien, Kyra Miller, And Vanessa Aspillaga Bring Paradigm Shifting Projects To The Flea Next Week

The Muse Project, in association with The Tank, will present Musings: a collection of Mini Muse presentations at The Flea Theater as a part of their Anchor Partnership. The Muse Project gives women performers the time, space, and opportunity to experiment with and explore their fantasy projects. Musings will showcase the exciting, fresh, paradigm-shifting storytelling that 5 of New York's leading stage actresses have developed through intensive workshops, called Mini Muses. The week will culminate in a party on October 19th, the 'Mini Gala' - a wine and cheese event to celebrate the week's presentations; and 'Tea Time,' a one-of-a-kind Muse pilot program, where a veteran stage actress discusses her experiences building her career. Actress Florencia Lozano is set to partake as the Tea Time guest.

Vanessa Aspillaga FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Vanessa Aspillaga has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Vanessa Aspillaga has not appeared in the West End.

Vanessa Aspillaga has been nominated for the Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play award at The Lortels for her role in "Amy and the Orphans".

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