Victoria Finlayson was born in Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, and grew up near Boston, where she was trained in classical ballet. After receiving a BA in Chemistry from Swarthmore College, she moved to New York City. In 1984, Merce Cunningham invited her to join his company, and she toured and performed with him until 1992. During her tenure with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company she premiered numerous pivotal roles including Five Stone Wind and Shards, and performed major parts in revivals of Rainforest, Channels/Inserts, Exchange, Signals, and Points in Space, among others. She can be seen in the dance films Changing Steps and Beach Birds. In 1989, she was awarded a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for her work with MCDC.
In 1992, Victoria joined the Lit Moon Theater Company. She has since developed roles in all but two of the pieces the company has built since then, including multiple ensemble roles in Metamorphoses, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Unseen Waters and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Favorite roles include Caliban in The Tempest, Gertrude/Ophelia in Hamlet, Queen Christina in Queen C., Henry VI in Henry VI,.p3, Aase in Peer Gynt, Duchess of York and John of Gaunt in Richard II, all the attendees at Fezziwig’s ball in “Humbug!” A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol, and A Door in Through the Looking Glass. She has received two Independent Theatre Awards for her realizations of Marianne/Elmire in Tartuffe, and Aksenty Ivanovich in The Visions of Aksenty Ivanovich.
Victoria received her MA in Theater Arts at UC Santa Barbara, and taught modern dance technique and choreographed on the student dance company at Westmont College from 1997-2010.