Vanessa Payer Kumar was born in Vienna, Austria and trained in acting at the conservatory of Vienna as well as in Paris with J.P.Denizon, assistant to Peter Brook. She has appeared in a wide range of roles on numerous stages in Austria and in Germany, such as the renowned Theater i.d. Josefstadt, the Kurtheater Reichenau, the Stadttheater Aachen,and with experimental groups such as the Aktionstheater Ensemble Vienna. She co-founded the Theatresports-group in Vienna and performed improvisation shows with them for several years. In 2000 she was a guest-performer in the market theatre, Seattle. 

In 2013 she founded “Theater 7” in Austria and produced several plays with them, such as a two-actor adaptation of the famous Indian epic Mahabharata, written by TEV members Tilmann Schillinger and Vanessa Payer.  It was co-produced with Theatre of Eternal Values, with the stage built by TEV member Gunther Turner & costumes by Marianne Schulz.   Vanessa performed in Mahabharata from 2014 -2017 in many theatres in Vienna and across Austria.  2018/19 Theater 7 showed Lebensstrassen (Streets of Life) a Station-Theatre in Vienna about the lives and works of remarkable women

Vanessa appears in shows of “Dinner & Crime” (murder mystery) & is also a trainer for business and social competence for “Business-Theatre”. She also works for film and television in Austria.  

Vanessa has enjoyed being part of the conception-team in some of TEV’s plays and loves to teach theatre-sports and improvisation at their Nirmal Arts Academy.

Productions With Theatre of Eternal Values:

Hero und Zero (in German)/Theater Drachengasse, Vienna, 2008
William Blake´s Divine Humanity/ New players theatre, London, 2007
Andersen.Märchen.Erzählen (in German)/Off-Theater, Vienna, 2006
Friends /Chalfont St.Peter, U.K. and Off-Theater, Vienna, 2006
The Magic Flute/ Riverside church theater, New York, 2000

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