Originally from Rochester, New York, Susan has lived everywhere from New York to California plus many states in between, and is now proud to call Vermont home. As an actor, director, choreographer, teacher, producer and arts administrator she has worked on Broadway, national and international tours, and at regional theaters across the United States.
Susan began her theatre career at Walt Disney World, appearing in the Hoop-Dee-Doo Review as well as other shows throughout Epcot Center and The Magic Kingdom. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Fredonia and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Florida State University’s Asolo Conservatory, she went on to act in regional theatres such as Barter Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Shaker Bridge Theatre and, most recently, Northern Stage. Favorite appearances at Northern Stage include Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins and Tanya in Mamma Mia.
Susan has appeared on Broadway in State Fair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and 42nd Street (Revival), and on national and international tour in Damn Yankees (with Jerry Lewis) and Billy Elliot. While performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway, Susan founded Living Room Arts, a traveling theatre company focused on new works in communal, intimate settings. Susan has produced, directed and hosted over 30 concerts, solo shows, play readings and hootenannies in living rooms, schools, community centers, assisted living facilities, churches and even outside on the lawn.
As a director and choreographer, Susan has directed and choreographed at colleges as well as regional theatres such as Playhouse on Park in CT (25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee, Three Little Pigs, Little Shop of Horrors and upcoming Steel Magnolias), Shaker Bridge Theatre (4000 Miles) and Weston Playhouse (Stuart Little and Schoolhouse Rock Live!).
Susan is also a teaching artist, clinician and administrator – currently on staff at New England Youth Theatre and Northern Stage. Theatre clinician experience includes Tennessee Arts Academy (professional development for high school theatre directors), Tennessee Thespian Conference and the NorthEast Theatre Festival. She has also taught theatre at Castleton State University and is a teaching artist and consultant at Rutland High School. Susan served as Weston Playhouse’s Director of Education and Outreach in 2015, and continues to advise and support Weston’s Education programs, most recently teaching acting as part of 2017 Early Stages program and Broadway Theatre Camp.
Susan continues to act regionally, having just appeared as Rosemary Clooney in Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical at Weston Playhouse and as Chelsea in On Golden Pond at New London Barn Playhouse. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Passionate about story telling, community, education and audience development, Susan recently joined the education and development teams at Northern Stage. She will be appearing as Belinda in Northern Stage’s upcoming production of Noises Off.
For fun, she loves to hike, take pictures, bake chocolate chip cookies, and pick blueberries.
“Now fill the world with music, love and pride.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw