Susan Stroupe is a theater maker, primarily working as a director, who specializes in interdisciplinary and devised works of theater often performed in non-traditional spaces. Throughout her career, Stroupe has also worked as a performer, writer, puppeteer, teacher, and collaborator in professional and community-based projects, with actors and nonactors of many ages and many abilities and disabilities. Focus and passion lies in theater in nontraditional spaces or arrangements, collaboratively devising pieces or working with scripts that challenge norms of race, gender, and genre.
Artist Statement: The creation of theater is a service, which makes theater makers servants of the audiences who come to them. Theater, as a live form that combines many artistic media, must always be in response to the community around it, not to give answers, but give space and time to explore complex questions. My role as a director and community member in Baltimore is to continuously help strengthen and empower our theatrical community by engaging in work that expands our collective mythology, whether by creating new work or revisiting "old" work with new eyes and/or new voices. I strive to create a rehearsal room of empowered actors who can grow together, so that our Baltimore acting community can grow ever more powerful and influential in our own community and this country.