Susan Stone has produced radio drama, soundscapes, and storytelling series for public radio since 1979, including documentary features for The Modern Language Association, Australian Broadcast Corporation, the Soros Foundation, National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, and West German Radio .
In the early 1980s, she joined performance artist Suzanne Lacy as sound designer for a nationwide series of Lacy's living tableaux of multigenerational performances honoring older women based on their culturally rich stories.
As Director of Arts and Humanities programming (1988-2005) at Pacifica Radio KPFA-FM, Susan created Act One Radio Theater as a showcase for hörspiel and ambient art, as well as founding The Radio Chronicles and Audio Salon workshop series, featuring the international broadcast and creative exchange of audio artists working in all aspects of sound. Her own mixed-media scores for theater, dance, and independent film have been awarded for story and sound design.
Stone's audio craft is often inspired by cataclysmic events in nature, and a North Carolina childhood. Recent award-winning features include a collection of earthquake stories about life along the fault-line, a soundscape about the acoustic landscape of the rural South, and a docu-drama about the lethal beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge.
If These Walls Could Talk is her on-going oral history project with detained and incarcerated youth, based on their readings, writings, and artwork: personal narratives and reflections addressing people and events in their lives.
(Artwork: Raising the Bars: Inside Youth Speak Out, 2007; Rosevette Jenkins (15 yrs).
Awards & Recognitions
- San Francisco Film Festival; American Women in Radio and Television; Third Coast International Audio Festival; National Federation of Community Broadcasters; International Radio Festival of New York