Purple Dot Project Founder
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.