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Susan Paez Professional Profile

Susan Páez is the founder of A Cuerpo and the person behind the development of “Matilde’s Journey”.

Here is her Professional Theatre Summary


Education Summary

2003-2000: Graduated with a First Class Degree in Performing Arts from Leeds University, UK.

She studied acting and vocal theatre techniques, devising theatre, lighting, sound and media. For her Dissertation she studied Odin Theatre’s training techniques.

1999-1996: Studied at Drama School in Espacio Aberto, Santiago, Spain.

She studied 20th century drama practitioners, voice, devising techniques and physical theatre.

Professional Experience in Artistic Organisations

Present-2006: Manages and directs the Theatre Company A Cuerpo. Interactive and Educational theatre in Spanish for children. Touring at present “El viaje de Matilde”.

2008-2006: Designed, devised, coordinated and produced the Theatre Performance “El viaje de Matilde”, in collaboration with English and Spanish artists.

Present-2005: Freelance actress for Faceless Street Theatre Company. Performances, amongst others: Fiddle Festival Berry, Bureaucrats (characters on stilts) Northern Ireland, 27th-30th September 2007; Pontefract Liquorice Festival, several characters, 16th of July 2006; Dewsbury Gala, several characters, 15th July 2006; Stockton on Tees, Snowman, 22nd December 2005; Birmingham City, Snowman, 11th December 2005; Yarm, Stockton on Tees, Snowman, 8th December 2005; Harrogate Winter Sparkle Event, Snowman, 4th December 2005; Leeming Bar, Police role play, 1st December 2005; Barton Upon Humber, Snowman, 26th November 2005; Pontefract, Snowman, 21st November 2005; Selby Abbey, several characters, 3rd September 2005; Ilford, wheelie bins and short ships, 2nd July 2005; Thornhill Lees, several characters, 26th June 2005.

2007: Performance and manipulation of the puppet Matilde. Street Theatre. Melton Mowbray Food Festival, Leicestershire, UK.

2005-2004: Devised, Produced, Toured and Performed “The Blanket”, a Physical Theatre Performance with dynamic use of the body and voice, music and text in English and Spanish, where four different characters are linked by an ever-changing blanket.

Toured in England and Spain, it was performed, amongst others, in the following venues: April 05, Yorkshire Dance, Leeds; 14th Feb 05, Gallery Studio Theatre, Leeds; 4th Jan 05, Sala Triángulo, Madrid, Spain; Jan 05, Official Language School, Madrid, Spain; 26th Nov 04, High Melton College, Doncaster; Sep 04, New Writing Literary Platform, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; June 03, Barnsley College, Barnsley.

April 2005: Performance and collaboration as an actress with Third Angel Theatre Company in the performance Standing Alone, Standing Together. Millennium Gallery, Leeds.

2005-2004: Performance and collaboration as an actress using Kelman improvisation techniques with the Kelman Group. Performances amongst others: July 05, “Misguided Tour”, Hebden Bridge; June 05, “Fuego”, Bretton Hall, Wakefield and Leeds University, Leeds.

2004, 22nd Nov to 9th Dec: Collaboration as an actress and clown with Leeds University, Colombian writer Felipe Vergara, Colombian Clown Lucho Guzmán and the Kelman Group in the play “Kilele”, which is about the political situation in Colombia.

Professional Experience in the Community

2007: Planning, Managing and Delivering Drama Workshops for primary school children for early years and Key Stage 1. Through Creative Partnerships’ Preparation to Partnerships Programme. Southwold primary School, Nottingham.

2007: Planning, Managing and Delivering Spanish Drama Workshops for children. International Language Day, College Street, Nottingham.

2007: Planning, Managing and Delivering Spanish Drama Workshops for gifted and talented children aged 10. Newark.

2005-2004: Devising, Planning and Delivery of Drama and Art Workshops for psychiatric patients. Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Doncaster.

2003: Shadowing experienced Movement artist for elderly people. Rotherham Borough Council, Rotherham.

Present-2007: Exploration of the relationship between filmed footage, live theatre and puppetry.

5th, 6th June 2006: Grotowski’s Physical Theatre training exercises. Corpus Soma Theatre Company, Liverpool.


Theatre Training Courses

8th, 9th, 10th June 2005: Walkabout street theatre characters and stilts. Faceless Theatre Company, Wakefield.

27th, 29th and 30th October 2005: Physical Theatre training techniques. Odin Theatre, Plymouth.

2005-2004: Kelman improvisation techniques. The Kelman Group, Huddersfield.

April-June 2004: Acrobatics, Acrobalance, Capoeira and Dance. Polichinelo Circus, Rotherham.

Nov 2002: Voice techniques. Jean-Rene Toussaint. Centre for Performance Research, Aberystwyth, Wales.

Oct 2002: Stage Presence and Soundscape. Torgueir Wethal and Frans Winther. Odin Theatre, Holstebro, Denmark.


Training Courses to work in Schools

Feb-Sep 2007: OCN Certificate in Planning and Managing Projects. National Open College Network, Creative Partnerships, Nottingham.

Feb-Sep 2007: “Preparation for Partnerships” Programme, focused on training professional artists to work in schools. Creative Partnerships, Nottingham.

Jan-July 2007: “Activate” Programme, aimed at training professional artists how to work with schools. Mantle Arts, Coalville, Leicestershire.

2006: “Positive Behaviour Management” day course on how to manage difficult behaviour in children. Playtrain, Nottingham.


Other Training Courses

2007-2006: Business Training. Welland Enterprise, Grantham.

Arts Council Creative Leicestershire


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