Vanya joined the Smyrna Arts Council in 2019 and was elected as President in January 2022. She moved to Smyrna in 2017 with her husband, Dave, and son, August, and enjoys her active role within her community.
Vanya has held executive leadership positions in many prominent arts organizations and is currently the Managing Director of Theatrical Outfit located at the former Herren’s Restaurant in the center of downtown Atlanta, GA. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Atlanta Chamber Players, the region’s premier chamber orchestra.
Throughout her career, Vanya has held senior roles as the Company Manager at both The Weston Theatre Company (Weston, VT) & Virginia Opera (Norfolk, VA), and the Assistant General Manager at McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton, NJ). From these experiences, she has grown to specialize in operations management, finance & nonprofit accounting, grant writing, event planning, contract negotiations, and artist hospitality.
Vanya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Management from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL).
Vanya also serves as a Board Member of the Smyrna Education Foundation, a citizen member of the City of Smyrna Arts & Culture Task Force and was a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 2018 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta class.