Susan B. Russell
Achieving Women Award 2012
Susan B. Russell
Faculty, Assistant Professor, School of Theatre, College of Arts and Architecture
(L to R) Christy Long and Susan B. Russell.
Achieving Women – Faculty
The winner of the 2012 Achieving Women award in the faculty category is Dr. Susan B. Russell, assistant professor in the School of Theatre in the College of Arts and Architecture.
Dr. Russell is the founding artistic director of Cultural Conversations, which was created to foster and promote new dance, visual arts, and theatre pieces based on issues of local and global diversity. This is the only university play festival in the United States devoted to issues of local and global diversity. Her nominator states, “As a theatre scholar and devoted audience member, I find the work of Cultural Conversations to be exciting and of noteworthy quality.”
Three years ago, Dr. Russell established Body Language, an outreach project for local schools. Topics have addressed self-esteem/body language, bullying, and how perceptions of the community affect growing up gay locally. One supporter states, “Susan Russell is a change agent, a provocateur, an artist, a scholar and a genuine and quality human being.” Another states, very powerfully, “Susan’s extraordinary commitment to the creation and fruition of this school-based program is unlike any I have ever seen. Her command of the Body Language Project gives students the rare opportunity to look straight into the eyes of various diversities, such as race and sexual orientation, diversities that some had not previously known or even encountered firsthand. It opened the minds, voices and hearts of countless numbers of students. Susan Russell is changing schools, communities, and society one student at a time.”