Vanessa O'Neill

Vanessa O'Neill

This one time at St Martins..
We created a ridiculous and irreverent satire of Australian family Christmas traditions and had a huge amount of fun creating and performing it.

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I have loved watching the impact that St Martins has had on my son who has been doing classes at St Martins since he was seven (he is now 14). It is very significant that a place that was such a source of joy and creativity for me as a teenager has meant so much to him (for over half his life). For my son, St Martins has been a place to play, to be silly, to create characters and to collaborate on pieces of theatre. It has strengthened his empathy, his ability to embrace diversity and his readiness to think 'outside the square'.

Vanessa is a performer, playwright, teaching artist and heatre maker. Recent work includes five years as the Youth and Education Manager at Malthouse Theatre. She is currently a resident playwright at Theatre Works and a board member of Western Edge Youth Arts.

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