Suzanne Gorman is a Director, Dramaturg and Producer. She is a Clore Fellow 2015 and has recently been working at BBC Arts. Throughout her career Suzanne has strived to bring marginalised voices into the mainstream. Her work has been described as “triumphant proof that small-scale need not mean limited ambition” The Guardian**** on The Honey Man and her ground-breaking and critically acclaimed Moonwalking in Chinatown promenade for Soho Theatre, where she led the creative learning department for 10 years, was promoted as an example of “how arts and culture can impact on place making and identity“ in Westminster’s Arts and Cultural Strategy 2008 – 2013.
Suzanne Gorman is Artistic Director of Maya Productions and Artistic Associate at Soho Theatre. For Maya Productions she has directed Babel Junction and In Time. At Soho Theatre she led the creative learning department for 10 years, directing over 15 new writing productions, pioneering the company’s groundbreaking site specific and digital work with communities. She ran a range of theatre arts projects for young people of all ages including a young writers programme, schools workshops, and a number of cultural exchange programmes.
Her directing at Soho Theatre includes Bagpuss,( co production with Birmingham Stage Company) Tales of the Harrow Road, The Weave, 3 Days in July, The Westminster Prize, Under 11s and site specific promenade productions Sohostreets and Moonwalking in Chinatown.
Other directing credits include:- The Honey Man (New Perspectives Theatre Company/Derby LIVE) Behna (Kali/Soho Theatre), Starfish, (site-specific at Billingsgate Fish Market), Babel Junction (Maya Productions/ Hackney Empire) We All Fall Down, Can You See Me? The Spirit of Verona ( Immediate Theatre, In The Dark (Studio 3 Arts), Only Connect (Shared Experience), Untold Stories;Aspects of Black and Asian Lives in Stratford Bow 1600 – 1850. (Theatre Venture), A Stoke Newington Mum On War (Young Vic Studio), Love at First Degree-Bliss (Leicester Haymarket) and Theatre Ambush, The Hairy Ape, Limbo, Pirivan Piuma (Sheffield Theatres)
Suzanne curated Britasia, a multi-disciplinary arts festival celebrating South Asian Arts at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Her own writing/performance work includes two one-woman shows The Cell Net and Rites of Spice.
“Suzanne Gorman’s production is triumphant proof that small-scale need not mean limited ambition.”
Guardian on The Honey Man – 4 stars. Full Review Here
“Director Suzanne Gorman’s whimsical production is a real nostalgia rush for parents… but its tales of discarded objects that are recycled and restored to use again are refreshingly pertinent.”
Time Out on Bagpuss – 4 stars. Full Review Here
“A magical journey through Chinatown’s bustling, evolving present, and her dazzlingly symbolic past… Suzanne Gorman directs stupendously.”
Time Out on Moonwalking in Chinatown – 4 stars
“There’s warmth, fragrance and excitement here. And truth.”
The Observer on Moonwalking in Chinatown. Full Review Here
“I just want to say that this project is one of the best things I have ever done. It takes projects like this to allow those who wouldn’t usually experiment with their creative side to do so with courage.”
Participant in Tales of the Harrow Road.
“It gives young people the opportunity to dream dreams. It opens up their horizons and opens up possibilities.”
Youth Worker on the Soho Slam youth programme at Soho Theatre
“Suzanne is a talented and experienced theatre maker. She has an ability to find stories in places that other people don’t look and bring them to life with sensitivity and attention to detail that makes them thrive. She excels at working with vulnerable groups and giving them a voice, however her work with established professional artists is just as impressive.”
Steve Marmion, Artistic Director of Soho Theatre