Throughout her career, Suzanne has strived to highlight unheard stories and bring diverse voices into the mainstream. For Maya Productions she has directed Machinal, The Croydon Avengers, Barefoot Gen, Superheroes: South of the River, Babel Junction, In Time and Up North (work-in progress). She is also currently writing the book and lyrics for new musical Benny and the Greycats
Her work has been described as “triumphant proof that small-scale need not mean limited ambition” The Guardian**** on The Honey Man.
Suzanne previously led the creative learning department at Soho Theatre, directing over 15 new writing productions and pioneering the company’s groundbreaking site-specific and digital work with communities. Her trailblazing and critically acclaimed Moonwalking in Chinatown promenade for Soho Theatre was promoted as an example of “how arts and culture can impact on placemaking and identity“ in Westminster’s Arts and Cultural Strategy.
She was also Associate Artist at Derby Live and has held a range of associate artist and associate director roles with organisations including Sheffield Theatres, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Immediate Theatre and the Barbican.
In 2016 she led a research project, Where Am I? that explored workforce diversity in the performing arts. She now works as a researcher, evaluator and facilitator for sector development in the arts. Clients include National Theatre and ACE.
Suzanne worked as a project manager at BBC Arts and now sits on the steering committee for Performance LIVE, a BBC/ACE partnership.
She is a qualified Coach.
“There needs to be more ethnically diverse visionaries like Suzanne Gorman who is also an experienced and inspiring director to work with.”
Seema Bowri, actor