Susan Simpson ( puppets in process)


Susan Simpson is a puppet theater director, designer and visual artist working with miniatures, puppets and manipulated video projection. She designs display cabinets, kiosks, toy theaters and other objects that open in surprising ways to reveal various wonders. 


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 .


Simpson’s performance work has been presented at HERE in New York, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, The Santa Monica Museum, REDCAT 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.

She has done design projects for The Huntington Library, Gardens and Art Collections. The Readers Chorus, The Falcon Theater and Automata.


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

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