Vanessa Sawson is a member of the part time faculty and is a Wayne State University alumna with an MFA in acting from the Hilberry Repertory Theatre. She studied abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia and holds a BA in theatre performance from Oakland University. She has appeared on many professional stages in the Metro Detroit area including Tipping Point Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Kickshaw Theatre and Shakespeare in Detroit. She has worked regionally with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Lunar Stratagem at Marshall University and Titan Theatre Company. Vanessa is a member of the Michigan Shakespeare Touring Company as well as a former co-facilitator with Detroit Public Theatre's Shakespeare in Prison program. 2016 is her first official season with CRLT Players at the University of Michigan where applied theatre is used to educate faculty and students in an institutional environment. Vanessa is an Equity Membership Candidate and is working toward becoming a member of Actor's Equity Association.