Vanessa Becker Weig holds a B.F. A. in Acting from Wright State University. After college, Vanessa spent a couple of years training and working in Chicago before moving to Columbus, Ohio where she served for ten years as the Education Director and Resident Director/Actor for the Phoenix Theatre (now CATCO). At the Phoenix, she directed, choreographed and appeared in over fifty productions as well as designing and implementing classes, camps, workshops, and in school residencies.
Since moving to Lexington eleven years ago, Ms. Weig has directed and choreographed for numerous schools including The School for Creative and Performing Arts and Dunbar High School. Vanessa worked for UK Opera Theatre's Academy for Creative Excellence where she directed several award winning productions and pilots for Music Theatre International and iTheatrics. In 2019 she received the honor of being named a Freddie G Fellow by iTheatrics and Music Theatre International for her work as a theatre educator.
For the past six years, Vanessa has worked for the Woodford Theatre as Education Director followed by Artistic Director. While at WT she founded the Woodford Theatre Young Artists (WTYA) training program and directed numerous productions for WTYA and the MainStage including the regional premiere of A Christmas Story: The Musical, Hairspray, The AddamsFamily, Big Fish, and The Producers. Ms. Weig recently co-created the Music and Memory project through the Woodford Theatre Young Artists. This youth led program shared the stories of theatre patrons in assisted living homes who recalled memories through music. This program won the PLAYBILL Community Service Award. In addition to conducting school residencies for Lexington schools, she has taught for ACE, Broadway Bound, and Kentucky Conservatory Theatre (Summerfest), where she served as Education Director for two years and directed Peter Pan.
Ms. Weig is also Co- Founder of Voices Amplified (formerly known as The Girl Project) . Through her work with The Girl Project Vanessa discovered her passion for arts for social change. She has developed, administered, and produced numerous performances and programs as TGP expanded from the singular program to The Girl Project: Next Generation, Voices HEaRd, and The Gen Z project. TGP's reach has expanded beyond Central Kentucky through performances ,workshops and and establishing a community of artists through community events. Voices Amplified now expands The Girl Project's mission to amplify more misrepresented or underrepresented voices. The podcast voices Amp'd will launch in January 2021.
As an educator Vanessa specializes in acting coaching,movement, devised theatre, musical theatre and theatre styles such as Kabuki, Commedia Del‘Arte, Laban, Puppets and Masks. When she has a spare moment, Ms. Weig appears on stage, some of her favorite local roles include Paulette in Legally Blonde with KCT Summerfest, Madame De La Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast and The Warden in Holes with Lexington Children's Theatre.