SUZANNE MERRALL - CREATIVE PRODUCER
Executive Producer Suzanne Merrall excels at realising seedling concepts, developing ideas and delivering outcomes that exceed expectation.
With over twenty years’ experience as a producer and manager of creative works, projects and space, Suzanne possesses an uncanny ability to realise projects of true significance. Classically trained in Dance, Speech and Drama, Suzanne began her career as a ‘Realisateur’ in the early 90s in Paris. Since then she has produced work across four continents - devising, producing and touring work in Turkey, Britain, South Africa, Brazil, India, The Gambia, The Cook Islands and Australia and has worked with, and/or mentored, some of the world’s most influential Arts professionals.
‘Suzanne has created a unique blend of flexible, creative and strategic arts projects, ensuring that the organisation (ootb) is at the forefront of making arts accessible and relevant.’ (City of Edinburgh Council, Head of Arts Strategy) One of Scotland’s pioneers of multi-disciplinary, cross art-form collaborations, Suzanne has worked with artists and productions of all genres. She is a creative with a broad range of practical and pragmatic skills, who excels at problem solving and capacity building. A master fund raiser and highly experienced financial manager, Suzanne is particularly adept at working within challenging and often unconventional environments and has done so both as a manager and producer.
Suzanne has produced work in Britain’s largest theatre, The Edinburgh Playhouse (A Concert for Kosovo attracting an audience of 3,000), a busy railway platform (SCO splinter group with Performance Artist and Activist Annemarie Culhane), suspended from a crane on the side of a mountain (technically complex and spectacular, Sister Sister written by Iranian filmmaker and political activist Roxana Pope), in Community Centres in Scottish housing schemes and Highland church halls (Hip-Hoda, an exploration of creativity born of oppression, Hip-Hop and Capoeira, devised by Allan Irvine (Scotland) and Mestre Chamine (Brazil)), Prince’s Street Gardens, Edinburgh (the Queen’s official Golden Jubilee Concert, for the City of Edinburgh Council), a disused warehouse (Adelaide Fringe venue, curation included The Border Project & Driller Jet Armstrong), an Imax Cinema, (Adelaide Fringe Club and Inaugural Award Ceremony, co-productions with Adelaide Fringe), a tent (Trash Test Dummies ‘Best Children’s Performance’ 2015), 2 libraries, 2 hotels, 2 cinemas and a masonic lodge, (Australian International Documentary Conference).
Though Art has always been the vehicle, the fuel driving her work has always been social justice. Incredibly prolific and successful, Suzanne is currently working as an independent creative and producer.