Originally from Rochester, New York, Susan has lived everywhere from New York to California plus many states in between. 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, Northern Stage, Florida Repertory Theatre, and Shaker Bridge Theatre.
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 (Steel Magnolias, 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee, Three Little Pigs, and Little Shop of Horrors), Shaker Bridge Theatre (4000 Miles) and Weston Playhouse (Stuart Little and Schoolhouse Rock Live!).
Susan is also a teaching artist, clinician and administrator – recently on staff at Weston Playhouse, 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 2019 Broadway Theatre Camp.
Susan continues to act regionally, having recently appeared as Marie Dindon/Mme. Renaud in La Cage Aux Folles at Geva Theatre Center and Rosemary Clooney in Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical at Florida Repertory Theatre. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
For fun, Susan 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
Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical at Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park. Photo by Gordon DeVinney.