Vanessa is a stage, film, and TV actor most widely known for her musical role as The Witch in Fiasco Theater's Into the Woods at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London and on the First US National Tour (produced by NETworks) as well as Michael Eisner's TV series, "The All-For-Nots."
She has a habit of playing tough-willed women like werewolf hunter, Leann, in the Adult Swim series, Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter and rock star, Farrah, in The All-For-Nots. The fictional band at the center of the A-F-N story also played "Catch Up," a song written by Reseland, on real-life Jimmy Kimmel Live. Vanessa formed her own glitter rock band, WIFEY, shortly after. Their theatrical live shows have been compared to those of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blondie, and David Bowie. Check out www.wifeyglitterrock.com for music and videos.
Vanessa holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University and later studied acting with William Esper at the William Esper Studio in NYC and improv comedy at the UCB Theatre in New York and Los Angeles.
Vanessa is a long-time supporter of animal rights and a cruelty-free life-style. Her her all-time favorite TV shows include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Wonder Years, Roseanne, Twin Peaks, and House of Cards. The Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast gets her through each Monday.
She finds storytelling to be her best way to connect peoples' shared vulnerability in a world that requires more and more empathy.