Vanessa Wells has worked in the arts industry for almost 20 years, with a long history as a performer with the Court Theatre—regularly playing Scared Scriptless as a Court Jester—and occasionally treading the main stage (The Streaker and various children's shows).
She has run her own successful voice business from her home studio for over 8 years. Vanessa first started working regularly in front of a camera in 2007 as a presenter and host with regional television station CTV. Work with CTV progressed to field producing and directing, and over the last three years Vanessa has made a major shift from in front of the camera to behind it.
In 2018 her debut documentary film “East to East” was officially selected for NZIFF 2018 and FIFO Tahiti. "Give Kate A Voice", which Vanessa co-directed, was an interactive film created with NZOA to mark suffrage in New Zealand, and has been an honouree in the international Webby Awards, and is nominated for a Best Design NZ Award. Vanessa has also twice been nominated for Best Female Director in the 48 Film Competition Grand Finals. Over the last summer Vanessa travelled to Antarctica twice, supported by Antarctica NZ’s Community Engagement Programme. The November 2018 trip to the Ice was to produce a touring educational children’s play based on that experience and also to create content for Sesame Street - a short film on counting to 4! The February trip south has resulted in a short film Te Whakairo, which is in post production. Vanessa currently has a climate change feature documentary "The Climate Canary" in development, and she directs the local social profile series "Braveheart Christchurch". Vanessa is also on the board of WIFT NZ (Women in Film and Television).