Susie Thiel is a multi-media artist, choreographer, performer and educator. She is the Director of the Dance Program and Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Kentucky. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Michigan University and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan. Prior to her graduate training, Susie lived in New York City for eight years where she performed, taught and choreographed in a broad range of venues. She has performed with several modern dance companies, including the New York Dance Collective, Genesis Dance Company, Sharon Fogarty Dance Theatre and the Impulse Initiative. Her modern, jazz and musical theatre choreography has been produced throughout New York, Kentucky, Georgia and Michigan. Her musical theatre choreography for The Days of ’98 Show ran for three seasons in Skagway, Alaska. Susie has choreographed for UK Theatre and Operas Theatre productions Thoroughly Modern Millie, Romeo and Juliet, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. She is artistic director of the UK Winter Dance Concerts where her choreography is also presented. Most recently Susie’s choreography has been seen at the American College Dance Festival, and at the Seagle Music Colony’s production of 42nd Street.
Susie was awarded a Rackham International Research Grant to conduct research on traditional folk dance forms in Turkey. The power of Turkish folk dance to unite people across cultures has informed her MFA thesis choreography, which was presented in concerts in March 2011. She has presented her research at the National Dance Education Organization.
Through study at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in partnership with Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York City, Susie became a Certified Health Counselor working in holistic nutrition and lifestyle counseling specializing in dance artists. She has offered health-counseling sessions for individuals and groups at the National Dance Education Organization, the University of Michigan, the University of Kentucky, The Paul Taylor Summer Dance Intensive, The Brooklyn Music School and Brant Lake Dance Camp.