Sue Jane Stoker Memorial
Water Mill, New York
On Sunday, August 5th at 11:30 am, The Watermill Center will hold a memorial service for Sue Jane Stoker.
Sue Jane Stoker, an associate director, stage manager, dramaturge, and theater collaborator of Robert Wilson and André Gingras, died in New York City between Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 of heart failure. She was 48.
Born on December 1, 1963, in White Plains, New York, she grew up and attended Huntington High School in Huntington, New York on Long Island. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater and business, she began working as a stage manager at various theaters in New York City including the Pan Asian Repertory Theater and La MaMa E.T.C.
Ms. Stoker met Robert Wilson in the summer of 1994 at The Watermill Center in Water Mill, New York while working as the stage manager for Mr. Wilson’s production of The Meek Girl. This was the first of eighteen summers that she spent at Watermill collaborating with Mr. Wilson and international artists of the Center’s annual International Summer Program. For four years, she acted as the Center’s Summer Program Director, coordinating the many workshops held for the 80 to 100 visiting artists. She recently co-edited and contributed to the publication, The Watermill Center, A Laboratory for Performance: Robert Wilson’s Legacy (DACO-VERLAG, Stuttgart), chronicling the first twenty years of the Center’s history.
Click HERE to view a slide show of Sue Jane and read some of her collaborators reaction to her extraordinary life.