Vonessa Martin was born in an unknown Chicago suburb and then lived in many places including Chicago, Sawyer Michigan, Los Angeles, and Portland, where she acted in plays and played with numbers sometimes in the same day. In 2001, she and five other individuals started a theatre company called Furious Theatre where she was the Managing Director for 13 years until she moved to Portland to work for Artists Rep’s finance department and is now the General Manager.
As an actor, Vonessa was last seen on the Artists Rep stage in TREVOR by Nick Jones and BLITHE SPIRIT by Noel Coward and locally in PLAY by DC Copeland at Shaking The Tree Theatre. Vonessa moved to Portland from Los Angeles where she co-founded Furious Theatre Company and is an ensemble member. Her previous credits with Furious Theatre: GIDION’S KNOT(with Paula Cale), HUNTER GATHERERS (L.A. Drama Circle Award Winner), IMMEDIATE THEATRE, BACK OF THE THROAT BY Yussef El Guindi, THE FAIR MAID OF THE WEST PARTS I & II, TEARING THE LOOM, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, SCENES FROM THE BIG PICTURE, THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, NOISE, and MOJO by Jez Butterworth, which she directed. Other theatre credits: SICK (World Premiere) by Erik Patterson; THE PAIN AND THE ITCH with Scott Lowell (LADCC Award Nominated), RAMBLERS with Eric Stonestreet, BOTTLED UP by Erica Lipez (BATES MOTEL) and THIS WORLD WE KNOW by Kelly Younger (co-produced staged readings) with Naked Angels; FESTEN, UPTOWN by Dan Steele (FAKING IT) and IMAGINARY MAN with Pasadena Playhouse – Hothouse, and BASTARD CHILD at Second City ETC in Chicago. Vonessa’s TV & film credits include GRIMM, THE WONDERLAND MURDERS, PURE SHOCK VALUE, FREAK STORM and A.G.A.N.G. by Matt Pelfrey (MTV SKINS), I AM THAT GIRL, THE FOODIE and SLEEPING DOGS LIE(winner LA COMEDY FESTIVAL). Vonessa is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.