Susan Simpson

Performing Arts, 2006

Susan Simpson is an experimental puppet theater artist. Her work often involves intricate marionettes and experimental film projection. She is the co-founder, with Janie Geiser, of AUTOMATA, an organization devoted to the advancement of puppet theater, pre-cinema, and other forgotten or neglected forms. The pair presented Frankenstein: Mortal Toys by Eric Ehn at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in 2004 and at the Velaslavasay Panorama in 2005. Simpson’s Pseudoflora was at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in 2001. She is a member of the Little Fakers, creators of the marionette serial, Sunset Chronicles. She has received grants from the Durfee Foundation and the California Community Foundation and is on the faculty of CalArts in the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts.

Awards and Accomplishments


Simpson presents Concrete Folk Variations, which she written, directed and designed, at Automata in Los Angeles