Susan Hope (Hoffman)

Personal details




Illinois Wesleyan University

Education History Highlights


• BA magna cum laude, Major in English with writing concentration, Minor in Theater Dance, Minor in Cultural Anthropology, Honors in Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, 1998 


• Three-week Professional Training Program, included courses in creative process and choreography, Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, Maine, 2004 

• Three-week Professional Training Program, Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, Maine, 2003 

• Private student (violin) with Dr. Joseph Conte, Massachusetts, USA, 1985-1987 

• Dance student (modern and ballet) including: Boston Ballet; The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago; Hedwig Dances in Chicago; Houston Ballet; Teacher's Collective in Toronto; Jacob's Pillow; Elizabeth Drucker (of NYC Ballet), 1980-2010 


Professional/research experience

2001 - 2014:

Freelance performing artist, composer/choreographer and educator


Summary of Work History

• Communications Director, Integrated Mindfulness Institute, August 2019-present

• Musician, Eurythmy classes at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School, 2018-2019

• Producer/performer of 4 albums of original and traditional music, 2007-2010

• Author/performer of 55 musical compositions and 14 theatre scripts, 2002-2013 

• Full-time freelance performing artist and educator, 2001-2014

• Curricula designer and workshop leader, 1998-2014

• Artistic Director, Windfall Dance Co. (community outreach, events programming, public relations and marketing, giving interviews, planning classes, hiring teachers), Bloomington, Indiana, 1999-2000

• Public Relations Intern, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1997 


Highlights of Grants and Awards 

• Community Enterprise Grant, State of Maine, USA, 2009

• Maine Scholarship, Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, Maine, 2004 

• Maine Dance Educators’ Fellowship, Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, Maine, 2003  


Professional Performance Highlights 

• Composer and musician in concert: 

Bates College Concert Series, 2008 

Johnny D's Music Club 2006 and 2007 

• Traditional New England dance musician: 

Colby College, 2010 and 2011

Norlands Living History Center, 2006-2007