Vanessa Hidary, grew up on Manhattan’s culturally diverse Upper West Side. Her experiences as a Sephardic Jew with close friends from different ethnic and religious backgrounds inspired her to write “Culture Bandit,” a solo show that chronicles her coming of age during the golden age of Hip-Hop and her dedication to fostering understanding and friendship between all people.

She has appeared on “Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam” on HBO, and is featured in the film “The Tribe” which was selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.  She has been featured in the New York Post, The LA Times and The Jerusalem Post.

Vanessa conducts poetry and racism workshops with Bnai’ Brith Youth Organization and is working with Birthright Israel NEXT directing the show, “MONOLOGUES”: featuring solo performances exploring Jewish identity.

Vanessa received an M.F.A. in Acting from Trinity Rep Theatre Conservatory, and is working on her memoir, “The Chronicles of The Hebrew Mamita”.