Vanessa Alvarado Flores

  • Theatre (non-musical)
  • Austin, TX


Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley – Vanessa is a proud Fronteriza of Mexican heritage. She is the development manager at Forklift Danceworks and an actor based in Austin, Texas. She co-founded – alongside choreographer Erica Garza- Frontera Dance Project, which in 2023 will debut its first full-scale dance theater production titled, Foremothers/Antepasadas, in Harlingen, Texas. Vanessa is an aspiring singer/songwriter with five songs scheduled to be recorded into an EP by the end of the year under the producing guidance of audio engineer and singer/musician Diana Tovar in Weslaco, Texas. She holds an M.L.A. from St. Edward’s University, a B.S. from Texas A&M University-CS & is an alumna of the Atlantic Evening Conservatory in NYC. She lives by Howard Thurman’s quote, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”

“What excites me most about participating in the NLI is connecting to a network of Latinx artists, art administrators, and cultural workers from whom I can learn and receive guidance as I continue with my commitment to the arts as a professional path. For so long, what felt monumental obstacles kept me dabbling and just dreaming. I feel like I’m catching up on 30 years of knowledge, history, and experience that averted me just because of where I was born. So many no’s I’m slowly turning over into yes’s and I need the community of Latinx role models that I can reach out to and ask them how.”