Vanessa Matsui

Writer / Actor / Director

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Vanessa Matsui is a writer-actor-director from Toronto of Japanese descent. She created, wrote, and stars in the short series GHOST BFF, which streamed on Elizabeth Bank's Whohaha.com and won Best Web Series at the LA Femme International Film Festival. It was also nominated for Best Web Series at the Austin Film Festival and two Canadian Screen Awards in 2019 (Best Digital Program Fiction and Best Performance by a Leading Actor for Matsui). She was selected as a 2019 Sundance | YouTube New Voices Fellow where she developed GHOST BFF Season 2, which launched July 7 on KindaTV to critical acclaim. Matsui also co-created Crankytown.ca (NFB), an interactive website about getting your first period that received a Gemini nomination for Best Digital Non-Fiction Program and features award-winning short films that were co-written and directed by Matsui. She attributes her love of storytelling to her 15-year acting career and her extensive studies as an actor, notably the Meisner technique with the late Jaqueline McClintock, and her 8 years as an improviser, notably at the Just For Laughs Festival with The Bitter End (a serialized, long-form improvised sitcom). Select acting credits include roles on LETTERKENNY (Hulu), SHADOWHUNTERS (Freeform), SCHTT’S CREEK (CBC), and THE HANDMAID’s TALE (Hulu).