Susanne Katchko

The Purple Dot Project

Yiddish Music Theatre for the Future

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Biography

SUSANNE KATCHKO

Purple Dot Project Founder

Susanne Katchko 

      Susanne Katchko is a cantor and concert performer who was the only solo female vocalist chosen to perform at the gala inauguration of the New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies Artists Roster.  She has performed her one-woman show, “Jewish Music from Around the World,” for Jewish communities throughout the U.S.  Susanne’s television and radio appearances include “A Show of Faith,” WBZ-TV, Boston, and “For the Love of Yiddish,” WEVD-FM, New York City.  She wrote and directed an autobiographical cabaret act, “You Go, Girl!,” a live performance of which was filmed for DVD in January, 2006.

      Susanne is founder and director of The Purple Dot Project (“PDP”), which debuted with “A Bintl Yiddish:  A Music Theatre Piece” on November 1, 2009, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  The Purple Dot Project is a music theatre and education project dedicated to perpetuating Yiddish as an important linguistic and cultural influence. 

          In addition to her own performance vehicles, Susanne has written numerous plays for children and adults, both comedic and dramatic, most with Jewish themes.  One example:  “Talmud Made Simpsons,” a children’s play illustrating Talmudic values of compassion and courage, employing The Simpsons television show characters.

         As a cantor, Susanne has officiated at congregations from Quincy, MA to Honolulu, HI.  She is gratefully continuing in the cantorial tradition of her family, which includes her father, Cantor Theodore Katchko; grandfather, noted composer, Cantor Adolph Katchko; and sister, Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray, founder of the Women Cantors Network.

 

Susanne Katchko, Purple Dot Project Founder