Susan grew up in Rochester, NY, where she studied voice at the Eastman School of Music prior to attending SUNY Fredonia, where she received a BFA degree in Musical Theatre Performance. After a year at Disneyworld as Flora in the Hoop-dee-doo Review, she attended FSU/Asolo Conservatory, receiving an MFA in Acting. Favorite roles at Asolo Repertory Theatre included Annelle in Steel Magnolias and Violet in Man and Superman.
Susan’s first Broadway show was State Fair, directed by James Hammerstein and Randy Skinner. She played Eleanor and understudied/performed the role of Margie. She then toured the US and London’s West End with Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis. Susan returned to Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie (often appearing as Miss Flannery and in the title role of Millie) and 42nd Street (ensemble, U/S Anytime Annie and Maggie). Susan then toured the US and Canada for three years in Billy Elliot, performing various roles including Clipboard Lady, Mrs. Wilkinson, Mum, and Grandma.
Susan has worked regionally at theatres such as Northern Stage, Shaker Bridge Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, and at Weston Playhouse where she has been a company member for over 25 years. Her favorite Weston appearances include The Other Place (Juliana), Mamma Mia (Donna), Ragtime (Mother), Metamorphoses (Alcyone and others), King and I (Anna), Hairspray (Velma), and Bad Dates (Haley).
Most recently Susan directed 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog at Shaker Bridge Theatre. She is also an adjunct professor at Castleton University, as well as on staff as a teaching artist at New England Youth Theatre.
“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
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