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Susan Douglas Roberts

Professor of Dance
Classical & Contemporary Dance
Erma Lowe Hall 212 | 817-257-6676


University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign:
MFA Dance

Texas Christian University:
BFA Modern Dance
BA Spanish

Courses Taught

Contemporary Dance Technique & Artistry: BFA Level I-III and graduate
Choreography: Graduate Dance Composition, BFA Capstone, BFA Dance Composition III, BFA Dance Composition II
Modern Dance Teaching Methods
Pilates I-IV
John V. Roach Honors College: Departmental Honors in Dance

Areas of Focus

Research: creative investigation/dancemaking
Education: [contemporary] dance technique, dance composition, teaching methods, Pilates
Facilitator - study abroad and international experience

As a dancemaker, Susan Douglas Roberts is curious about the details that bridge choreographed and lived experience, and frame the choices that performing artists make on stage. She engages in creative studio-oriented research through DanceTCU and as artistic director of a professional project-based company, wild goose chase dance. Most recently, her dances have been part of international showcases in Newfoundland, Texas, France and Taiwan. Over the years, her work has been presented on showcases and in festival performances in Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Japan, Italy, and Germany as well as across the US, including NYC. Susan has long been interested in creating work that bridges dance and literary constructs and contexts into abstract theatrical experiences. She is particularly drawn to magical realism and the challenge of conveying overlapping realities. She has enjoyed making original work together with composers, photographers, poets, and filmmakers.

During sabbatical leave in 2017, Susan worked with composer Gregory Biss to craft nine microdances – seven for stage performance and two dance for camera works. She collaborated with dance artists over the age of 40 to investigate liveliness – and – the ways in which virtuosity is defined during various eras of a performer’s career. These dances were performed in three arts and community centers in downeast Maine in August, 2017. In addition to her own dancemaking, Susan and her husband, Don, facilitate choreographic and educational residencies and retreats at wild goose chase/the landing in Maine.

Recent performances/international showcases: St. Johns, Newfoundland (2017); Dance Gallery Festival – Houston (2016); Centre Nacional de la Danse Contemporaine, Angers FR (2014); and Taipei TW (2012)

Recent performances/national showcases: Kansas City, MO and Madison, WI (2016); Tampa FL (2015)

Performances/international showcases 2006-2012: Guatemala (2009, 2011); NYC (2010); Mexico (2007, 2008); Madison, WI (2007, 2008); Toronto, CA (2006

Performances/national company productions/showcases 2006-2012: VonHowardProject – NYC (2005, 2007, 2011), Charlotte, NC (2006) 

Stonington Opera House Harbor Residency Artist-in-Residence (2017)

TCU Research and Creative Activities Grant 2016-2017 Measuring Time

Adjudicator – ACDA Northwest Conference (2014)

South-Central ACDA Gala (2012)

College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher/Scholar Award (2012)

Fulbright Specialist Award: Centro de Danza e Investigación del Movimiento, Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala (2011)

TCU Research and Creative Activities Grant 2010-2011 breath to bone

TCU Deans’ Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching (2009)

Fulbright Specialist Award: Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan (2008)

TCU International Services Award for Intercultural Teaching and Service (2004)

Pilates Teaching Certificate (comprehensive)

Artistic Director, wild goose chase dance (since 1995)

Co-Artistic Director, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth (1990-2000)

Director, New Century Danscene (1989-1997) – community engagement and presenting organization funded by the Bass Foundation through the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

American College Dance Association

  • Executive Board Secretary (2013-2018)
  • Board of Directors
    • Regional Director, South-Central Region (2007-2012)
    • Representative, South-Central Region (2003-2007)

World Dance Alliance

  • Co-Director Creation/Performance Network (2009-2014)
  • Member since 2004