Susan Simpson is an experimental theater artist and filmmaker. Her work often involves intricate marionettes and unusual film projection. Her puppet plays have been presented in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles including numerous times at The Museum of Jurassic Technology, and The Velaslavasay Panorama. Simpson is the co-director of Automata, a non-profit dedicated to the presentation and preservation of puppet theater, experimental film, pre-cinematic viewing experiences and other lost and negelected art forms. Simpson is also founding member of a performance collective known as The Little Fakers, creators of the marionette serial, Sunset Chronicles, which has appeared at venues across Los Angeles for the past four years. Her films have shown at film festivals nationally and internationally. She has received grants from the Durfee Foundation, The California Community Foundation, Creative Capital, Multi-Arts Production Fund and is the 2002 recipient Center Theater Group’s Richard E. Sherwood Award. In June of 2007, under the auspices of Automata, Simpson opened The Manual Archives, a micro theater and exhibition space devoted to the presentation of newly discovered and invented folklore of Los Angeles.
Simpson recently co-directed, with Janie Geiser Frankenstein: Mortal Toys by Eric Ehn. This production was presented at The Velsalavasay Panorama in Los Angeles and at HERE Art Center in NY in January of 2008. In 2007 Simpson wrote, directed and designed Lead Feet and Nothing Upstairs: a History of the Lifelike at the Manual Archives, a piece that the Los Angeles Times said "radicalizes and reinvents the notion of puppet theater." Simpson is currently at work on a serialized puppet play called Concrete Folk Variations set in the subversive sub-cultures of McCarthy Era Los Angeles
In 2010 Susan was part of a directing team in Theater Pokoleniy project "Питер-Burg"