Vanessa is an award-winning New York City-based costume designer who truly enjoys the art of collaborative storytelling! While specializing in new works and reimagined classics, she also has a passion for period pieces, innovative modern plays, and highly stylized/imaginative pieces. Vanessa’s latest new works are: Holiday Spirits, an immersive work based on A Christmas Carol and Squirrel Screams and Other Dating Sounds, a new play about the trials and tribulations of dating in NYC. Some other recent designs include: Godspell (Pittsburgh CLO), Wonderland (Tuachan Center for the Arts), True Crime Obsessed Live (Hayes Theater), Senior Living (world premiere at Portland Stage), Rescue Rue (Daryl Roth Theatre) and Emojiland (The Duke on 42nd Street) which earned a 2020 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Costume Design and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Costume Design.
Ms. Leuck has previously designed for DISNEY ON ICE, Off-Broadway, at several regional theaters and colleges, as well as with professional dance companies. She was a select designer invited to participate in the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab 2013. She was chosen for an exclusive internship with Walt Disney World as a sketch artist and designer for it’s theme parks and resorts immediately following her graduate studies. In addition to her design work she has assisted on several large-scale productions including THE LITTLE MERMAID (Broadway), RINGLING BROTHERS BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS (five productions), DISNEY LIVE, and DISNEY ON ICE.
Vanessa is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College and a proud member of USA 829.
MFA, Costume Design, Virginia Commonwealth University. BFA, Fashion Design, Savannah College of Art and Design
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