About Suzanne Carbonneau

Fairfax, Virginia

Suzanne Carbonneau (CBA ’20) is a dance critic and historian, whose writings have appeared in the Washington Post, The New York Times, and other publications. She has served as a scholar-in-residence at Jacob’s Pillow, the Bates Dance Festival, and the American Dance Festival, and she directed the NEA Arts Journalism Program. Carbonneau serves as Artistic Advisor to Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Bogliasco. She holds a Ph.D. from NYU and is a professor at George Mason University.

Biography of Paul Taylor

At CBA, Carbonneau developed Paul Taylor: His Life in Art, a biography authorized by the choreographer, who cooperated closely with the project before his death in 2018. The book is a comprehensive analysis of Taylor’s artmaking, focusing on influences and sources, as well as an assessment of his achievement. It will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


Suzanne Carbonneau.

Suzanne Carbonneau. Photo by J. Amaral.

Suzanne Carbonneau.