Susan Bertoia isa professional theatre artist, devisor, actor, director and teacher; honored to work and live on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Her invigorating artistic style with specialization in physical theatre and mask performance (commedia dell’arte) makes her a sought-out teaching artist and performer throughout Canada. Her teaching pedagogy is based in Lecoq training, with off shots in the work of Anne Bogart and Frantic Assembly. Training includes: BFA in Theatre (UBC); Commedia studies at Piccolo Teatro di Milano (Giorgio Strehler); Mask making with Donato Sartori; Dell’Arte Schoolof Physical Theatre; Devised theatre with One Yellow Rabbit; Mask work with Jeremy Jamesand physical devised theatre with UK’s Frantic Assembly. She is Adjunct Professor at UBC teaching Commedia and physical performance and conducts numerous creative initiatives through ArtStarts and independently. Susan works with the Association of BC Drama Educators; has presented papers at the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and her paper was published with and through the International Conference Futurist Drama + Dramaturgy, University of Toronto in 2011. Susan is the recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award and Supporting Actress AwardNominee from the Vancouver Jessie Richardson’s Professional Theatre Awards and The Gordon Armstrong Theatre Artist Award which recognizes creative initiatives. She directs multi platformed shows ranging from youth engaged theatre to professional ensemble productions. She is a passionate theatre artist and advocate and mom to three amazing kids.