Professor Susan Dibble is the Louis, Frances and Jeffrey Sachar Professor of Theater Arts Department at Brandeis University. Her areas of expertise, among many, include movement for the actor, historical dance, movement styles, modern dance, composition and choreography, clown, mask, Rudolf Laban Movement Theory, and history of dance and movement training. She is the director of Susan Dibble Dance Theater-DibbleDance and has performed her work for over 30 years in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont as well as numerous times at Shakespeare & Co. (Lenox, Mass.) in the program “DibbleDance” she founded in 1985. Susan is a founding member of Shakespeare & Co. where she is a master teacher and resident choreographer. She has choreographed for the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Phoenix Theatre Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Nora Theater, Súgán Theater, Portland Playhouse in Portland Oregon, and numerous theaters in NYC. Before Brandeis, she taught at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, the Denver Center Performing Arts Center, University of Ohio, University of Utah and Webster College. She also traveled to Orvieto, Italy where she taught in a theater and movement workshop sponsored by Fordham University. Susan has presented lecture demonstrations on dance, theater and therapy for The Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, and The Erikson Institute of The Austen Riggs Center. Shakespeare Honors the Three Centers of the Body is an article written by Susan Dibble in Movement for Actors published by Allworth Press. Susan received the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Festival of Creative Arts Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Arts at Brandeis.
Where were you born and where do you live and work?
I was born in Springfield, Vermont. I live in Arlington, MA. I work at Brandeis University.
What fuels your desire to act/create?
Love and Energy.
How do you work with overcoming fear/doubt?
I get rest, practice yoga, and get to work on projects or teaching.
What is your greatest obstacle in working with self?
How do you heal from rejection?
I face the hard truth and move on.
What are you inspired by NOW?
Nature and quiet.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Love yourself, give to others, think twice.
Who has had a powerful influence on your work?
Matisse, Chagall, my family, friends, colleagues and teachers
What is your next project or a recent project?
I am working on a devised workshop piece called "I Am Lear."
What advice do you have for auditioning?
Connect with your feet on the ground.
What is your advice to self in pursuing the business side of work? Do you have advice for making/producing your own work?
Demonstrate commitment and reliability.
10 things that make you happy are...
How do you reward yourself for a job well done?
Buy myself flowers, a new frock, or new shoes.
What are your creative hopes and dreams?
To continue making dances and paintings. And write a book about my teaching and life as a choreographer.
In 2017, SUPER SPACE is serving as a vehicle to facilitate Created to Create Project.
CREATED TO CREATE
INTRODUCING ONE ARTIST PER WEEK, FOR 52 WEEKS IN 2017.
Beginning, January, 1st, 2017
ACTORS, ARTISTS, THEATRE MAKERS, FILM MAKERS, DESIGNERS, TEACHING ARTISTS, STUDENTS all chosen because they spend a part each day creating. Artists will be chosen in no particular order.
Introduce artists from different parts of the world. People who use different mediums and whose practice is at a different skill level. A thing they all have in common is unique sense of style and self-expression.