Dancer / Choreographer
Susan Thomasson, dancer/choreographer, holds a BFA degree from the University of Utah, where she served an apprenticeship with Repertory Dance Theatre. She has performed a wide variety of modern dance styles, dancing and touring with the companies of Kathryn Posin, Raymond Johnson, Bill T. Jones, Bill Evans, and Rosalind Newman. Since 1983 she has been a soloist with Anna Sokolow’s Players’ Project, performing nationally and internationally with the company, and assisting in reconstruction of Ms. Sokolow’s repertory. Susan also tours a solo/duet concert of Pilobolus Dance Theatre’s work, originally created for Lincoln Center Institute.In addition to her own work, she performs with Claire Porter, Elissaveta Iordanova and Mark DeGarmo.
A teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education (formerly Lincoln Center Institute) since 1980, she has been involved in the development of many of LCE's national affiliates as a performer, teaching artist, and consultant. She has been a faculty member of Brooklyn College, the Rutgers University system, Hofstra University, Manhattanville College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, the University of Northern Iowa and Brooklyn’s Berkeley Carroll School. In addition to Lincoln Center and many independent residencies, she is teaching artist for the 92nd St. Y, NY City Center, the Joyce Theater, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Theater Development Fund. She creates and teaches master classes and professional development for fellow artists, dance educators and classroom teachers under the aegis the NYC Department of Education, NY City Center and the Fall for Dance series, the Joyce, and the 92 Y. As an artist-in-residence across the country, she combines choreographic commissions and curriculum-based teaching in site-specific school projects. Currently Susan is a researcher and mentor for Arts Achieve, an educational innovation grant administered by the NYC and US Departments of Education.