Vanessa Downing | Biography

Theatre credits include: The Glass Menagerie (Ensemble Theatre); Pygmalion (STC); Faustus (Bell Shakespeare and QTC); The Taming of the Shrew (Bell Shakespeare); The Busy World is Hushed and Afterplay (Ensemble Theatre); King Lear (Parramatta Rverside and the Studio Company); Bone (Ride On Theatre and the Darlinghurst Theatre – for which she received a nomination from the Sydney Theatre Critics for Best Actress); Influence, Howard Katz, The Lady in the Van, Morning Sacrifice, A Cheery Soul, Macbeth, Chasing the Dragon, The Madras House and Measure for Measure (Sydney Theatre Company); Mother and Child (East Coast Theatre Co); Hello Dolly (The Production Company, Melbourne); Equus, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Ring Round the Moon, Private Lives, Upside Down at the Bottom of the World, As You Like It, Traitors, Pericles, A Month in the Country and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (State Theatre Company of South Australia); Live Acts on Stage and the original 1986 production of Away (Griffin Theatre Company); Falling from Grace (Playbox/STC); Good Works (Q Theatre and again for Playbox); Composing Venus and Season’s Greetings (Queensland Theatre Co.); How the Other Half Loves, The Heiress, Absurd Person Singular (Marian St.); The Increased Difficulty of Concentration and The Madrigirls (at Belvoir Street); Wet and Dry, Daylight Saving, and St. James Infirmary (Q Theatre); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Key Largo, Don’s Party and Beach Blanket Tempest (New Moon Theatre Company), and Steaming for Wilton Morley Productions. On television Vanessa has appeared in Rake, Home and Away, Water Rats, All Saints, Big Sky, G.P., A Country Practice, Bullpitt!, Funeral Going, Double Skulls, Melba and Packed to the Rafters. She appears in the films Mary, The Boy Who Had Everything, Two Hands and Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueberger.  Vanessa is also a member of the Sydney Philharmonic Symphonic Choir.   

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