Susan Simpson is a Los Angeles based, multidisciplinary artist and designer. Her practice includes  puppet theater, dioramas and animation. She makes performances and interactive public art works that engage viewers in intimate viewing. Her works often investigate the history, mythology and social dynamics of the sites where they are located.

 Since 2004 she has been the Co-Artistic Director, of Automata, an organization dedicated to puppet theater and other lost and neglected forms, with a storefront theater in Chinatown.

Orginal puppetry performances which Simpson design and directs have been presented at HERE in New York, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, The Santa Monica Museum, REDCAT, Automata among other venues.  She has received funding from Creative Capital, The MAP Fund, The Center for Cultural Innovation, The Jim Henson Foundation, The California Community Foundation, The Durfee Foundation. She is a recipient of Center Theatre Group’s Richard E.Sherwood Award.

Simpson taught at CalArts 2000-2014. Her writing has appeared in Puppetry International, Double, and Ecumenica.

Simpson also has design practice centered mainly on interactive cabinetry for display and discovery. She has been commissioned by The Huntington Library, Gardens and Art Collections, The Readers Chorus, The Falcon Theater and The City of Inglewood. She is currently designing the interior of Reading Ours micro-gallery in Los Angeles.

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