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Suzanne Ostersmith

Suzanne OstersmithSuzanne Ostersmith is a Theatre Artist, Choreographer, Visual Artist, and Arts Educator. She serves as Academic Dance Program Director for Gonzaga University's theatre and dance department.

In the last decade Suzanne created and developed the curriculum for Gonzaga and Whitworth University Dance Minor Programs. She is the Founding Director of Old Orchard Theatre Company which empowers community members, producing annual musicals to raise money for college scholarships. At Gonzaga, Suzanne created the capstone course, Strategies for Dance Instruction in which students learn to develop and implement lesson plans using creative dance concepts in an after school dance program for local elementary school children. In the 1990s, Suzanne was the first coordinator of DanceChance at the Pacific Northwest Ballet as well as resident choreographer for Taproot Theatre Company.

She earned her undergraduate degree in Theatre from U.C. San Diego, studied at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco and British American Drama Academy, Oxford England and is completing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Suzanne is a Theatre Mentor for Arts Impact which is a recipient of a US Department of Education Grant, researching the effectiveness of integrating theatre, dance and visual arts in the teaching of math and literacy in elementary schools.

Suzanne and her husband Mark have two sons in high school.