Sue MacLaine Company is led by Artistic Director, Sue MacLaine, and Executive Director, Jane McMorrow.  The aim of the company is to create and tour contemporary performance that places scripts by MacLaine in conversation with choreographic practice and an enhanced visual aesthetic.

The company has a demonstrable commitment to ensuring opportunity for both experienced and emerging creative collaborators, particularly native sign language users and those who identify as disabled. The company has particular expertise and interest in utilising functional forms of access to build, stretch and illuminate the creative intent of the work. 

The company produces works of intimate grandeur that, through a compassionately rigorous approach, move, compel and challenge audiences.

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Sue MacLaine's work is radical, political, personal and poetic.  Her writing is informed by her interest in the function of memory and the role of history and is particularly inspired by a quote from Les Lieux de Memoire by Pierre Nora,

to decipher what we are in the light of what we are no longer

Sue began her theatre career in 1983 after leaving the New College of Speech & Drama (now Middlesex University).  She joined Feminist theatre collective Scarlet Harlets in 1984 and made five works with them before leaving to join Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company. 

She returned to theatre-making in 1999 after having qualified as a British Sign Language/English interpreter at Bristol University.  She offers mentoring, dramaturgical support and direction to others with a particular interest in working with choreographers and dancers and continues to specialise in performance interpreting.

Having been offered a full scholarship from the University of Essex, Sue will embark on a three-year practice-as-research PhD in Theatre Studies from October 2018.