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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Susan Thompson

lecturer in theatre studies

Introduction to Theatre

Dr. Susan Thompson has been at B.C. for over 10 years. While here she has taught Introduction to Theatre and Movement for Theater, choreographed for Dracula, directed for the Arts Festival and taught short workshops on clown and dreamwork. She is an AHANA mentor and is fluent in Spanish and French.

Susan has performed, directed and taught in Europe, Latin America and the U.S. She performed for five years with Flemish movement innovator Frederik Vanmelle's company based in Mexico City. Locally, she has been a core member of Pilgrim Theatre Research and Performance Collaborative since 1990 performing at LAMAMA (New York), Ko Festival (Amherst), Malta Festival (Poland), Yuyachkani (Peru), and the Boston Center for the Arts, among other venues.

Her original plays include Missing PersonsPanicThe Wild Place (co-authored with Jon Lipsky), Anam Cara (co-authored with Anne Gottlieb and Judi Wilson), Boundless as the SeaHaunted by Waters and, most recently, Unforgettable: Letters from Korea, based on love letters written by her parents during the Korean War. Unforgettable was performed on the National Mall the summer of 2013 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War and was performed locally at the Boston College Arts Festival that same year. 

Her work is noted in Jon Lipsky’s book Dreaming Together and Susan Letzer-Cole’s Playwright’s in Rehearsal. Susan's recent publications include: a chapter on American Lecoq-inspired companies in The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq (2016);  "The Wild Place," in The Plays of Jon Lipsky, Volume 2 (2015); and "Freedom and Constraints: Jacques Lecoq and the Theater of Ensemble Creation" in the 2013 book Encountering Ensemble. Susan graduated from Jacques Lecoq’s International School in Paris, and completed her PhD in Theater History at Tufts.