Photo by Sherley Camille Olopherne
VICTORIA LIBERTORE grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She started to perform magic at age seven and by 11, she had business cards, was working at a magic store and performing at birthday parties and senior centers. For eight years she volunteered and worked at Ohio's Center of Science and Industry where she got comfortable being solo in front of audiences, teaching them about the space shuttle, astronomy and even how to turn wool into yarn!
Victoria graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance from Otterbein University. For her senior thesis, she researched, created and performed her first solo show about Camille Claudel. At 21, she moved to New York City where her internship at Stuart Howard Casting led to working at, Berman, Boals & Flynn, a boutique literary and talent agency that represented artists like Sam Shepherd, Dael Orlandersmith, Holly Hughes, Peggy Shaw, Carmelita Tropicana & David Greenspan.
Inspired by these original artists, Victoria went on to spend the next 21 years writing, creating and performing her own original theater in New York City. Her work includes eight more solo shows, performance art, cabaret, emceeing and improv. She's performed everywhere from Coney Island's boardwalk to Off-Broadway, including venues such as Barrow Street Theater, Carolines on Broadway, Joe's Pub, Joyce Soho, PS122 as well as in Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Philadelphia, Provincetown, Toronto and Washington D.C.
Libertore is passionate about encouraging other artists to create their own work and has curated dozens of local and a few international artists with backgrounds in performance, variety arts, burlesque, music, comedy and dance. She has emceed throughout New York City in theaters, comedy clubs, parks and at private parties impersonating Liza Minnelli where she utilizes her improvisational skills to make "people laugh so hard that their faces hurt." In addition to facilitating her own performance and writing workshops, she has taught at Otterbein University and Hastings College.
She has received a Young Alumni Award for Research and Creative Achievement from Otterbein University, was a Humana Festival Finalist and is a recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award held by the Innovative Theatre Awards Ceremony. Victoria is especially thankful for the support of artist residencies, space grants, funding and retreats from Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place and New Dance Alliance. In addition to her studies at college, while in NYC, she studied various approaches to acting and performance including Grotowski, Chekov, Viewpoints, long-form improvisation and Balinese mask.
Victoria now lives in Los Angeles where she is focused on acting and writing.