Brightheart Fellow

Vanessa Stovall is an independent artist and interdisciplinary scholar of the classics. She received her BA from The Evergreen State College and her first masters from Columbia University studying ancient mythology in its musical performance contexts. She is currently pursuing a second masters in teaching at the University of Vermont, focusing on the reconstruction of ancient music with an emphasis on the role of hair and ornamental headgear in choral performances.  She has composed songs for a number of ancient Greek productions: BCADG's 2021 production of Iphigenia in Aulis (dir. Elizabeth MacNamara) and 2023 production of Helenephoria (dir. Izzy Levy and Charles Pletcher), CAMP's 2022 production of hippolytos (dir. Lane Flores), Whitman College's 2022 production of Medea (dir. Anna Conser), and University of Vermont's 2023 production of Frogs (dir. Jeannette Chien). In Summer 2023 she will be the NEH Institute for Higher Education Faculty's composer for their program "The Performance of Roman Comedy." In 2023 she will be the Paideia Institute's Brightheart Fellow at Living Greek in Greece.