VANESSA OWEN (co-founder, choreographer)
is originally from Amity, Pennsylvania and she received her B.F.A. in Dance from Wright State University. She has danced professionally with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, the Washington Reflections, the Dayton Philharmonic’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, the Kennedy Center’s production of Children of Eden and Company E. As an artist with Company E, Vanessa performed regularly at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and worked extensively through the State Department touring as a Cultural Ambassador. These tours took her to Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Cuba, Israel, Palestine, Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, China, and Uruguay where she taught, performed, and choreographed contemporary dance and musical theater productions.
Vanessa was awarded a McDowell Regional Artist Grant, a Fellowship in Choreography by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Audience Choice Award at the 2018 NYC Dance Gallery Festival, and her choreography has been presented at Wright State University, Women in Dance Conference 2019, the 30th Annual Choreographer’s Showcase, YES! Dance Invitational, Malayaworks’ Intersections, Velocity DC, Agora Dance, Shenandoah University, The Outlet Dance Project, McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival, Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, CHOP SHOP Contemporary Dance Festival, Richmond Dance Festival, Dance Gallery NYC, Versatility Dance Festival, Palm Desert Choreography Festival, Stavna Ballet and Company E. Vanessa now lives in Asheville, NC, where she is co-founder of Stewart/Owen Dance alongside her partner, Gavin Stewart.