IV16 SPEAKER: Vanessa Richards
She is fascinated by how stories can be developed across creative platforms, and shared. She loves collaborating with groups and supporting individuals and organizations to create inventive, meaningful and beautiful projects. As a performer she has worked in music, film, television, and theatre. As an artistic director she’s devised public celebrations and arts education programmes with The Arts Club Theatre Company, Public Dreams, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Capilano University, Portland Hotel Society and SFU in addition to premier venues in the UK. Richards earned an MPhil in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, UK, with poetry and critical works anthologized in the UK, Holland, United States and Canada.
Her current focus is song in common life. She is the founder and song leader of the Woodward’s Community Singers, a drop-in choir open to all people and voices, and Creative Together, a song based facilitation process. She thinks it is very interesting how every human body is a perfect musical instrument.