Changing lives 1 portrait at a time. "Moving and heartfelt", Outstanding!!! , Storytelling at it's finest, Inspirational
Walter DeForest is an international award winning NYC-based performer and artist. "Van Gogh Find Yourself,” has been seen around the world and is now available on-line.
The immersive interactive theatre/stortelling art class has gotten over 70, 5 Star reviews on AirBnb's Experience platform.
The show has performed around the world in festivals, schools, theatres and pubs such as, Van Gogh Cafe in London, Trumacar Primary School in Morecambe England, Philadelphia at The Barnes Foundation, Connecticut, Texas KilGogh Festival and World renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
While in Edinburgh, Walter beat the World Record for "Most Portraits in 12 Hours, 4 years in a row. This is helping to raise awareness for the mental health charity Support In Mind Scotland.
In 2017, Walter was a cast member in the immersive, improvised, international hit show “Joe’s NYC Bar” at Ryan's Daughter in NYC - where he is the also the creator of the popular, Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest.
Additional performing credits include Don Creedon's "Guy Walks Into a Bar” (Audience Award Best Show, Irish NYC Theatre Festival); "The Ryan Case 1873” (Drama Desk Nominee); and storytelling at The Moth.
Walter trained at William Esper Studios with Suzanne Esper. Artwork can be seen on
or searching for #vgfy
Emma, April 4, 2019
It’s my job to coach primary/elementary school teachers and today’s experience with Walter/Vincent was a masterclass for me. This is how deep, memorable learning happens - when new information is imparted in connection with authentic emotion and within a warm, safe relationship. I learnt more about Van Gogh from this experience than I ever could from a book or lecture and came away feeling a true connection to him. I booked the experience as a surprise for my Dad and my sister and all three of us were transfixed right from the start. Vincent warmly greeted us like old friends and immediately we were immersed in a convincing narrative. We spent an hour listening to Vincent share his life story as he sketched our portraits. At no stage did it feel scripted or stilted. It felt like we were granted a privileged and unique insight into a truly fascinating mind. Afterwards, Vincent became Walter, and we wandered through the stunning artworks and appreciated them together, like friends. Walter’s professionalism, warmth, generosity, expertise and deep personal insight made this an experience to remember forever. I recommend this experience wholeheartedly.
"It’s astonishing ... I have to lift my jaw from the floor. He is utterly convincing. The hesitancy, the thinking on his feet, the naivete that he displays even when he talks of his own death as Van Gogh is awe inspiring."- Donald Stewart 2019 Edinburgh Review