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Resume

With creativity, movement, innovation and the societal body as principal impulses, Susanna pursues life as an alchemical process. She has a daughter and lives in Santa Monica

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Experience

1983 – Ongoing

MOVING IMAGE
San Francisco, Los Angeles

Senegal Song, 6min

The Last Vaquero on Tassajara Road, 15 min. an experimental short
Falling for the Mountain, a poetic documentary, 26 min., premiered at Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

The legacy: tales of life after death, Short, premiered at San Francisco Film Festival.

Bohemian Grove, documentary segments broadcast nationally, (PBS)
Freebase, (Channel 7, San Francisco)
Homeless, (CAMNET)
Jack’s Song, filmed during the Jack Kerouac Conference at Naropa. Assisted Robert Frank
Beat Poets, a photo portrait series
Feature articles with photos from Central America and the United States for Swiss magazines
Video documentation of World Children’s Congress

1990 – 2008

PERFORMANCE
Santa Barbara, Zurich, Los Angeles

Out of the river, She, performance piece. at/for Los Angeles River, Fringe Festival, 1990
Breathing Time, a group action on State Street, Christmas, Santa Barbara, 1997

Isis and Osiris, a moving story, Big Pink, Los Angeles, 1997
Earth is my Body, a photographic exploration, Santa Barbara, 1998
Ewala trek, movement, Site specific, for Ballona Wetlands, Los Angeles, 1998

Los Angeles Women, Performance Festival, Women’s Caucus for Art, 1999

Improvisation, Choreographic Theater, Santa Barbara, 2000
Uncovering the Tracks, social action-performance, Birkenau, Poland, 2001

Welcoming the Eye of Light, Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles 2004.

Matrilineage Project, Conception/ direction, a work in progress, Los Angeles 2008
Improvisation / Performance, Theater of One, International Theatre Festival Tangier and Tetuan, Morocco, 2008

BACKGROUND

ACTION THEATER, Ruth Zaporah, Berkeley
DBD, Rachel Rosenthal, Los Angeles
NEW PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES, Scott Kelman, Los Angeles
ROY HART VOICE WORK, Chateau de Malerague, France
DANCE THERAPY UC Ext, Berkeley

AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT, J. Sieber, Los Angeles

PLAYWRITING ON YOUR FEET, Jean- Claude van Italie

DIRECTOR’S SYMPOSIUM, La MaMa Umbria

Designer Los Angeles

1984 – 1988

Designer

Desing, patent, manufacturing and distribution Kocoona baby carrier, licensed nationally, sold internationally

TEACHING

Tetuan / Tangier, Morocco
2008

Los Angeles, Zurich
2003 – 2018

Israel, Poland, Italy, Switzerland

2000 – 2003

Paris, France

2000 - 2002

Camarillo, California

2003

Santa Barbara

1998 - 2000

Santa Barbara

1997 – 1999

Santa Barbara and France

1992 – 1997

Leysin, Switzerland

1994

Calabasas, Los Angeles

1992 – 1994

Château de Malérargues, France,

1992 – 2001

Workshop facilitator
Improvisation based on Theater of One

Somatic Educator

Private practice, movement classes, development of Theater of One, integrating Continuum Movement, body-based improvisation and Council

European Coordinator, Council Trainer

Initiated and coordinated the Center for Council Training in Europe Led tours, giving 3-day trainings in four different languages Developed ‘Living Council’ an integrated practice. Principle Council trainer for the International Peacemaker Community Facilitated and supervised Council teams during 5-day retreats in Auschwitz

Educational Consultant. Set up and supervised a pilot Council program in multicultural Middle School

Artist in Residence

Principal Artist in Letters to the World project with adolescent wards Theater/Council and Mask Making with young women training as firefighters, California Youth Authority.

Coordinator, Strengthening Families

Built collaborative, county wide, bilingual program for high risk youth and families based on empowerment model, using active listening and strength based approach, supervised outreach workers in four communities, trained staff and community in council, built effective collaborations and referral network, advocated for youth/families. Lead youth and family Councils Member of Pro Youth Coalition, participation in national pilot project to reduce gang violence.

Sangha Leader

Initiated and led ‘Full Blossom Sangha’, a Buddhist mindfulness community, inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Facilitator/ Workshop leader

Summer retreats in the wild, with adults, children and horses Adult Education Instructor and workshop leader, active listening, ecopsychology and women’s issues, dream work Conference facilitator ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, initiated first ‘Council of Sages’

Program Director

Directed multilingual/multicultural program for one hundred children Responsible for set-up, establishment and implementation of entire program for children’s village, including staff supervision and guidance, interface with teachers, parent council and budget management

Facilitator Youth

Taught Human Development ‘Mysteries’ program to junior high and high school students based on new paradigm values, using council and expressive arts Palms Middle School, Crossroads School and Meadow Oaks.

Movement Teacher

Taught movement expression, theater improvisation and Continuum based movement classes and weeklong sessions, to children and adults

CONFERENCES / RETREATS

2020 Omega Writer’s Retreat, Chiricahua Mountains

2017 Somatic Summit, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY

2017 Flaherty Film Seminar

2007 Consciousness in Action, Palm Springs

2003, 2005 Bioneers Conference, Sausalito

2000, 2001 Auschwitz, Birkenau, Zen Peacemaker Retreat, Poland

1998, 2002 Continuum Depth Retreats, Los Angeles

2000 The Future of Archetypal Psychology, Santa Barbara

1997 Laura Simms Story Retreat, Russian River, California

1997, 1999 New Visions of Education, Calabasas

1996 Children, Our Ultimate Investment, Los Angeles

1995 A Matter of Life and Death, Santa Barbara

1994 World Children’s Congress Neverland, Santa Barbara

1992 Teaching of the Shields, Ojai

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

Publications

Lecture

From the Marrow of the Mountain, Psychological Perspectives, 2020 Chasing Ice, Grantmakers in the Arts, 2013

Africa, Eros and the Body, Jung Institute Los Angeles, 2018

Languages

Fluent in English, French, German, Spanish; Italian understanding

Professional Associations

Analytical Psychology Club, Member; C.G. Jung Institute, Los Angeles

Training

Continuum Movement Teacher Training, Los Angeles, California

Wilderness Vision Quest with Stephen Foster and Meredith Little Advanced Council Trainings, Trainer, Ojai foundation, Ojai, California

Coaching for Excellence, Santa Barbara, California

Meditation, Plum Village, France and Tassajara, Zen Center of Los Angeles, California.

EDUCATION

1969 - 1973

1975 - 1977

1980 - 1982

1990 - 1992

Diploma in Child Psychology from Institute of Applied Psychology and University of Zurich
Jungian Training Analysis, Zurich

Dance Therapy courses, University Extension, Berkeley, California

Film Studies, San Francisco City College, San Francisco, California

Certification Program with the Ojai Foundation, Ojai, California

GRANTS

Threshold Foundation, 2002
For Council Trainings in Italy

Support from Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Morocco for teaching and performance, 2008.

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