Susan has over 19 years experience integrating arts and movement in teaching learning in a variety of contexts and organizations. She completed two years towards a PH.D in Holistic Education at the University of Toronto, holds a Masters in Environmental Studies and an Honours B.A. in Mass Communications, Psychology and Physical Education from York University. She is a certified Hatha Yoga and Danskinetics instructor as well as a trained ESL instructor. She has worked in the fields of Environmental Education, English as a Second Language, Community Education, Performing Arts and in many diverse organizations has used the arts and movement as a tool in learning.
Susan has worked in Bali at the Green School for three years teaching a diverse Performing Arts curriculum to include: Improvisation, Physical Theatre, Satirical Theatre, Forum Theatre, Reader’s Theatre, Kamishibai Performance Art, Storytelling, Shadow Play, Wayang Golek (Rod Puppetry), Musical Theatre and established the initial holistic curriculum for the Kindergarten in the first year of operations of the school. She taught a holistic curriculum for primary grades at Pelangi School in Ubud for one year.
In Java, Indonesia in the 90’s Susan worked with street children and co-founded an organization for street children (AKAR) and assisted in the Environmental Curriuculum project based on Learning through the Arts through the Cirebon Urban Development Project.
In Kobe and Kyoto, Japan, she has trained student teachers to use the arts and movement in education.
In Toronto, Canada, she has taught integrated arts, creative movement, puppetry, storytelling and ESL at York University, Toronto Parks and Recreation, George Brown College, and at a wide variety of schools, businesses and cultural centres.
She has written and performed in over 20 plays designed for shadow puppetry and other puppet forms and has published the following documents based on research and practice in the arts in teaching and learning: Movement and Drama in Environmental Education: A Manual (2003); “Dancing Into Connection”, Ways of Knowing in and Through the Body: Diverse Perspectives on Embodiment (2001); and her thesis: Towards Collaboration: Learning, Communicating and Participating Across Cultures in Two Alternative Education Programs in Cirebon, Indonesia (published in English and Indonesian) (1993).
Susan is co-founder of Yellow Coco Creative Arts Centre, a community-based arts center in Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali.
She is passionate about the creative process and bringing the whole self into all that we do at work, play and in learning.