Suchi Branfman

Senior Lecturer in Dance

Department: Dance
Office Address: Richardson Dance Studio
Office Phone: (909) 607-2934
Personal Website:
Suchi Branfman

Academic History

  • MFA, Goddard College
  • BA, SUNY Empire State

Personal Interests

  • Dance and Social Justice
  • Dancing Through Prison Walls
  • Experimental Choreography
  • Social Practice Performance
  • Community Engaged Dance Practice


Suchi Branfman, educator, choreographer, curator, performer, activist, has worked nationally and internationally, from the war zones of Managua to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, and from Kampala’s Luzira Prison to New York’s Joyce Theatre, as a soloist, member of Wallflower Order and Crowsfeet Dance Collectives, and, with Augusto Boal, Liz Lerman, Gus Solomons Jr., Harry Streep and Dan Wagoner. Branfman is currently in the midst of a five-year choreographic residency at California Rehabilitation Center, a medium security state men’s prison in Norco (CA), serves on faculty at Scripps College, (senior lecturer) and is a community gardener, prison abolition activist, and co-director of Catalpa Residency Desert Hot Springs. Her supporters have included the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, California Arts Council, and the Los Angeles and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Divisions.

Courses Taught

  • Choreographing Women's Lives
  • Choreographing Our Stories (an Inside/Out course taught at the Norco Prison)
  • Dancing Social Justice
  • Modern Dance I and II
  • Introduction to Dance/Dance Studies
  • Improvisation