Suzie Orlando Léger is an award-winning Austrian-Canadian actress, musician, director and artist based in New York City. She received her master’s degree in ‘Transmedia Arts’ from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. There, she acquired expertise in conceptual art, film-making, performance and graphic design, weaving together different media for her works. Eager to find new sites of cultural production, methodologies or genres, her artistic analysis focused on the power relation between language and perception. She co-founded the not-for-profit art association Lafin C’estmerde that organized concerts, exhibitions and talks, building a platform to support female artists and entrepreneurs in the Creative Arts in Vienna.
Suzie is fluent in German, English, Portuguese and French. She also lived in São Paulo, Brazil, and London, UK, before moving to New York, where she extended her skills in film and theater at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and in music production at The Juilliard School.
Since 2016, Suzie is the Lead singer and Creative Director of the self-described “lazy-punk” band WHAT WOULD TILDA SWINTON DO and the co-founder of the group’s music publishing company PHG Publishing.
In addition, Suzie is the Assistant Director of the Obie Award-winning theater collaboration PearlDamour for their immersive new production Ocean Filibuster, which has been developed with the A.R.T at Harvard University.
Other notable projects and shows among others, include the Big Dance Theater‘s The Road Awaits Us, presented at the NYU Skirball, Nathanel and Natalia Paul’s TV pilot Cicatrix, Eliza Hittmann’s award-winning feature “Never Rarely Sometimes Always“.
Among her honors and awards, she can count a Ö1 talent grant by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation and a START-stipend of the Austrian Chancellery. Léger also received an honorary award from the ARS ELECTRONICA, the 1st prize of the International Video Art Festival Now&After in Russia, and an award for best short film at the Women’s Film Days Vienna, among others.
A detailed list of exhibitions, screenings and shows is available upon request.