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Suzzy Roche

The Roches: founding member


The Roches:

The Roches, Warner Bros. (1979)
Nurds, Warner Bros. (1980)
Keep On Doing, Warner Bros. (1982)
Another World, Warner Bros. (1985)
Speak, MCA (1989)
No Trespassing, Real Live Records (1986); Rhino Records (1990)
A Dove, MCA (1992)We Three Kings, MCA (1990); re-release Rykodisc (1994)
Will You Be My Friend?, Baby Boom Music (1994)
Can We Go Home Now, Rykodisc (1995)
The Collected Work of the Roches, Rhino Records(2003)
Moonswept, 429 Records (2007

Suzzy and Maggie Roche:

Zero Church, Red House Records (2002)
Why The Long Face, Red House Records (2004)

Live Concert Performances:

Performed steadily throughout United States/Canada and Europe from 1979 to 2007 on the average of 75 dates a year, too numerous to list (selected):
Love in Hard Times: The Music of Paul Simon, Brooklyn Academy of Music (2008)
Town Hall, New York, New York (NPR Moutain Stage) (2007)
Emory University, Altanta Gerogia (2007)
The Concert Hall for NYSEC, New York, New York (2007)
Finney Chapel, Oberlin Ohio (2007)
Moore Theatre, Seattle Washington (2006)
Royce Hall, Los Angeles (2006)
Overture Center, Madison Wisconsin (2006)
Fitzerald Theatre, Minneapolis (2006)
Bloomsbury Theatre, London (2005)
Edinburgh Queens Hall, Scotland (2005)
Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago (2002/2005)
Zankel Hall (2005) with Meredith Monk
Town Hall, New York (2005/1989/1993)
Sanders Theatre, Cambridge Mass. (1994/2000)
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (2000)
Carnegie Hall (1997) with Philip Glass
Carnegie Hall (1982) The Roches
Film and Television Music Composing:
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Song City USA Scholastic Productions (1989)
Heaven Help Us (1985)
Tiny Toons (1991)
The Land Before Time (1994)

Television Appearances (selected):

“Saturday Night Live” (1979)
“Rock Goes To College, BBC (1981)
“The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder” (1982)
“Evening at the Improv” (1982)
“Cambridge Folk Festival” BBC (1982)
“The New Show” (1983) with Paul Simon on “Hearts & Bones”
“Soundstage” PBS (1983)
“Dick Cavett” (1985)
“Old Gray Whistle Test”, BBC England (1979, 1985)
“Oprah Winfrey Special” (1988)
“The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” (1985, 1990)
“The Today Show” (1990)
“Late Night With David Letterman” (1990, 1991)
“Tiny Toons” Steven Spielberg production (1991)
“Tracey Takes on HBO” Tracey Ullman (1997)

Collaborative Recordings (selected):
Indigo Girls/ Swamp Ophelia (1994) Rites of Passage (1989)
Time and Love The Music of Laura Nyro
Endless Highway Music of The Band (2007)
Bleecker Street: Songs of the Sixties (1999)Songs From Liquid Days, Philip Glass, CBS Records (1986)
Loudon Wainwright III History (1992)
Honors (selected):
Album of the Year, The Roches The New York Times (1979)
Parents’ Choice Gold Award Will You Be My Friend?(199X)
Album of the Week, Songs From An Unmarried Housewife and Mother The New York Times (1997)

Solo Works: composer/singer/performer/writer

Holy Smokes, Red House Records (1997)
Songs From An Unmarried Housewife and Mother, Greenwich Village, USA/ Red House Records (1999)

Solo Concert Performances:

Solo Performances all over US (1997 to 2000)
Film Performances Acting:
Crossing Delancey
Soup for One
Weekend In The Country
Almost You
My New Gun
Short Story:

“Love,” Carved in Rock: Short Stories By Musicians, Greg Kihn, ed., Thunder’s Mouth Press (2003)

The Wooster Group: Associate member of the New York theater and media collaborative. Director: Elizabeth LeCompte


House/Lights, as Olga/Mephistopheles

Kaaitheatre, Brussels, Belgium (1998)
Desingel, Antwerp, Belgium (1998)
Performing Garage, New York, NY (1998/1999)
Theatre De La Bastille, Paris France (1999)
Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland (2000)
Bergen International Theatre, Bergen, Norway (2000)
La Rose Vents, France (2001)
Theatre Gavonne, France (2001)
Le Maillon, France (2001)
St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY (2005)

To You the Birdie, as Venus

Festival D’Automne, Paris, France (2001)
The Performing Garage, New York, New York (2001)
St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York (2002)

Radio Plays:

Racine’s Phadre BBC (2000)
The Peggy Carstairs Report/ BBC (2002)

Musical Composition Collaboration:

Love Songs (from the text of Racine’s Phèdre), with Kate Valk, Koosil-ja Hwang, and Elizabeth LeCompte (2002)

“Zero Church.” Conceived of, directed, and co-wrote (with Maggie Roche) a musical landscape of prayers based on collected writings from the community of Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on The Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University.

Performances (selected):
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University (2000)
St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY (2003)
The Intiman Theatre, Seattle Washington (2004)
Alverno College, Milwaukee Wisconsin (2005)
Emory University, Atlanta (2007)
“Rounding It Out.” Wrote music for and performed with Anna Deavere Smith in her piece about the relationship between doctors and patients based on interviews that Ms. Smith conducted at Yale Medical School.
Performances (selected)
Yale Medical School (2001, 2002)

“A Love Affair Between Words and Music.” Produced, performed, and co-created (with Maggie Roche, Mary Gordon, Margo Jefferson, Meg Wolitzer) an evening of song and literature based on the work of Shakespeare, James Joyce, Jessie Faucet and others.

Symphony Space, New York City (2004); National Public Radio


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, State University of New York (Purchase)

Teaching Experience

New York University. Assisted Anna Deavere Smith in a graduate class, “Acting the Other,” and a Freshman Honors Seminar, “A Real Play of Identities,” (2004)

Vassar College, LaGuardia College. Tutored students in Anna Deavere Smith’s techniques, (2004)

Songwriting Workshops. Private tutorials, institutional instruction (Bergen Community College, Herricks High School,(2003), and a series of how-to-form-a-band lessons for learning-challenged children at the Institute for Arts and Humanities Education of NJ, (2001).

Lying on the Windowsill.” Co-directed and co-created (with Betsy Bard, and under the guidance of Anna Deavere Smith) an exploration of the “achievement gap” at Rindge and Latin High School in the town of Cambridge, MA. Coached students to recreate verbatim interviews they had conducted with teachers, parents, Harvard professors and the Cambridge Superintendent of Schools in order to prompt a community debate on diversity and school improvements. This resulted in a performance piece which was created by and with the students.