Faculty Profile

Candace Vance

Candace Vance

Associate Professor of Theatre; Chair of Theatre; Head of Performance

Email: vancec@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2934
Office: McKinley 102

Education: BA, Seattle Pacific University, 1995; MA, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance (London), 2005

Candace Vance is delighted to teach acting and directing at Seattle Pacific University.  Ms. Vance has acted on many of Seattle’s professional stages, notably Taproot Theatre Company (Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband, Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man Of La Mancha, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, among many others), Seattle Shakespeare Company (Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor), Seattle Children’s Theatre (Muriel in Nicky Somewhere Else), Seattle Public Theatre (among others--Chloe in The 13th Of Paris, Paula in My Wonderful Day, Footlight Award Recipient, and Mary in The Language Archive, Footlight Award Recipient) Book-It Repertory Company, and Repertory Actors Theatre.  Ms. Vance has also enjoyed working internationally, particularly as Julieta in the National Tour/Spain of Romeo y Julieta. 

Ms. Vance has directed numerous productions including Nativity On The Square for Taproot Theatre Company, The Fantasticks, Befriending Bertha, Tomato Plant Girl, and Oh Coward! for Seattle Pacific University, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jane Eyre: The Musical, and The Spitfire Grill for Northwest University.  Other directing credits include Into The Woods, Opal, The Music Man, Honk!, Bugsy Malone, John Lennon and Me (co-directed with Chrystal Helmcke), Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Dining Room, and Les Miserables (co-directed with Sam Vance), among many others.   She and Sam Vance have also collaborated on the creation and direction of many original works including Youth Of A Nation, Inside Out, and One More Day. 

Ms. Vance has recently added professionally produced playwright to her credentials.  Le Club Noel, a play with music, was produced at Taproot Theatre Company in 2013.  

Ms. Vance is a former member of Actors’ Equity Association and a current member of Theatre Puget Sound, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and Shoreline Covenant Church.  She is also passionate about her work as a Child Ambassador for World Vision, advocating for needy children around the world.  Ms. Vance has received numerous distinctions, including inclusion in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who Among American Women, and the 2012 edition of Who’s Who Among Professionals, but her most satisfying accomplishment is being a devoted wife and proud mommy.

Please see Ms. Vance's CV and acting CV for more information.

Candace Vance

Why I Teach at SPU

Candace Vance, Associate Professor of Theatre

"I teach because I care about young artists, because I am passionate about the professional theatre world, and because acting cannot be learned from books. It is only by being fully present, by listening with all the senses to the particulars of each student actor, by joining in that incarnational activity of becoming another character, that genuine artistic growth can occur. I welcome the opportunity to share the pursuit of that growth by creating a safe studio environment with emphases on technique, intellectual/creative development, reflection, and artistic discipline. "