Theatre Director, Comedy and Community Engagement
Susie is interested in developing work which highlights and develops local humour and individual comic voices. Susie creates performance that transcends language and reflects the genuine character of the diverse communities she works with. The work reflects the real environments that she experiences and engages new audiences through humour and the unexpected.
Susie has been fusing directing and her interest in communities for the past 10 years. Humourisk is the opportunity to continue to experiment with theatre that captivates new unsuspecting audiences and extra-ordinary performers. Susie has directed productions for Clean Break and Big Fish Theatre Company and directed productions at the Soho Theatre, Arcola and Shoreditch Festival. She recently created a model of community engagement ‘The Art of Engagement’, as part of the Cultural Leadership Programme 2009, researched in Chicago and the UK.
Susie designed Big Fish Theatre Company’s Unwanted Sexual Contact Programme 2005-2008, which used the ‘facilitator in role’ to create a 10-week programme delivered within the Youth Offending Service, for both perpetrators and young people at risk of sexual exploitation. Susie has also designed Studio 3 Art’s Volunteer Training Programme, using applied arts techniques to engage marginalised local people and equip them with the skills to successfully volunteer within arts and community projects. The programme is included in the best practice guide:
‘CULTURE AND VOLUNTEERING. An introduction to volunteering across the arts and cultural sector in London’. Mayor of London.
Susie is the Artistic Director of the Capital Age Festival which produces London’s largest cultural festival of older people’s arts. Susie is also an Associate Artist at Studio 3 Arts, visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama, a Tutor at Clean Break Theatre Company and a Board member for the Shoreditch Youth Network.