Suzanne Gorman

Suzanne Gorman is Artistic Director of Maya Productions, a company making diverse theatre to create change.

Suzanne is passionate about changing what takes place on our stages so that they reflect the experience and creativity of people of all backgrounds. She has worked for over twenty years as a theatre director, dramaturg and arts project producer.

At Soho Theatre she led the creative learning department, directing over fifteen new writing productions and pioneering the company's ground-breaking site specific and digital work with communities.

She was previously Associate Artist at Derby Live and has held a range of associate artist and associate director roles with organisations including Sheffield Theatres, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Immediate Theatre and the Barbican.

In 2016 she led a research project, Where Am I? that explored workforce diversity in the performing arts. She also works as a researcher, evaluator and facilitator for sector development. Clients include National Theatre and ACE.

Suzanne sits on the steering committee for Performance LIVE, a BBC/ACE partnership, and was previously chair of the board of trustees for Theatre Venture.

She is a qualified Coach.

How the Fellowship impacted me

The Fellowship supported me to be more comfortable in my own skin, strengthening my confidence in the artistic and social value of the work I do. It expanded my networks, introducing me to people working in other art forms and across the cultural sector with a wealth of experiences and perspectives to engage with. It enabled me to develop my skill set, which has resulted in me working in new areas and increasing my/my company’s income streams.

How I am using my skills for change

My company, Maya Productions, is committed to making theatre and the arts accessible to all regardless of age, ethnicity, culture, or class and this is the change I seek on a daily basis. I use my leadership skills to take the company forwards, making exciting theatre with a wide range of people. I also now work towards wider sector change by working for larger organisations to support transforming the arts workforce to reflect our society.