Victoria Mack has been working as a theatre professional for over 15 years. She received her MFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded Tony Kushner’s Sylvia Kushner Memorial Award for Excellence. Her BA is from Columbia University’s Barnard College, where she majored in English Literature and minored in Film Studies, graduating magna cum laude with senior honors.
As an actor she’s worked on Broadway and extensively off-Broadway. She’s also done considerable regional work, including two world premiere Theresa Rebeck plays, Dead Accounts and The Nest; starring roles at Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Denver Center, Pittsburgh Playhouse, and 14 productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, most recently Ellen Tree in Red Velvet; as well as Love Stories, a collection of two-person, ten-minute plays directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt that played in New York City and then traveled to Santiago, Chile, produced by her own company, Valpo Productions.
She’s had the privilege of an extremely varied career, having worked in theatre, film and television. She’s performed some of classical theatre’s greatest roles, including Rosalind, Eliza Doolittle, Desdemona and Lady Macbeth; as well as work-shopped and performed new plays with some of the best contemporary writers, including two world premieres by Theresa Rebeck and the Broadway production of David Ives’ Venus in Fur. She’s shot two pilots as well as episodes of some of the best New York television, including “The Good Wife,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and her personal favorite, “Orange is the New Black.” On film she’s worked with childhood hero Wynona Ryder, and her short film, Resolutions, directed by Tamara Fisch, will be hitting the festival circuit soon.
Victoria comes from a family of educators and has actively sought teaching and coaching opportunities throughout her professional career. In 2016 she decided to make teaching her primary professional focus, and in addition to doing three plays as an actor, she taught Directing to film majors at the Rhode Island School of Design; an eight-week course on Shakespearean Text Analysis to college and graduate students doing the training program at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ; a monologue workshop to visiting Australian high school students through Brooklyn theatre company Colt-Coeur; a workshop on Michael Chekhov’s Psychological Gestures at The Dalton School; a volunteer workshop on poetry and art to 5-8 year olds living in a Brooklyn homeless shelter due to domestic violence; a course on Shakespeare’s scenes and monologues for acting professionals at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, co-taught with Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte; and directed three plays at NYU’s undergraduate Stella Adler Studio. She has taught her workshop on On-Camera Audition Technique to various groups, from Australian high school students to professional actors and casting directors in Santiago, Chile. She also coaches privately, and will be returning to NYU to direct in the spring of 2017, after performing the role of Emily in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced at Syracuse Stage.
Victoria is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA and has received her BPSS New York State Teaching Certificate. In 2016 she joined the National Alliance of Acting Teachers alongside such educators as Hugh O’Gorman (Cal-State Long Beach), Peter Jay Fernandez (The New School), Benny Sato Ambush (Emerson College), and Ron Van Lieu (Yale University).
Victoria currently lives in Hudson Heights with her partner and their 12-year old dog, Tess of the D’Urbervilles.