School of Theatre Arts

Scott Susong

Scott Susong

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

M.F.A. Towson University; B.A., University of Texas at El Paso

Scott Susong, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts/Head of Music Theatre at Illinois Wesleyan University, holds an M.F.A. in Theatre from Towson University (thesis, “Investigating the Director’s Role in the Production of a New Musical”) and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Aside from running the BFA in Music Theatre, Scott’s teaching load at IWU includes: Acting I & Acting III, Auditions, Senior Showcase, Directing I, Introduction to Dramatic Literature, Music Theatre History & Literature, Gateway: The Evolution of the Female Playwright, Theatre Appreciation, Music Theatre Scene Study and Music Theatre Workshop.  Since joining the IWU faculty in the fall of 2007, his directing credits include Giant, 9 to 5, Hello Again, Once Upon A Mattress, Passion and Of Thee I Sing in McPherson Theatre, Working in the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre and john & jen, The Country Club and Edges: A Song Cycle in the Phoenix Theatre.  In addition, he directed the world premiere workshop of the new musical All the Kids Are Doing It with composer/lyricist Joey Contreras & librettist Kate Thomas in residence and Winter of the Fall with composer/lyricists/librettist Lawrence Rush in residence, a workshop production of Michael John LaChiusa’s Lucky Nurse and Other Short Musical Plays, and a showcase production of The Musical of Musicals.  Scott directed a concert staging of Bloomer Girl for the IWU Music Theatre Society, reconceived and produced the original Tim Rice musical revue All I Need Is Words, co-produced The Spitfire Grill,  vocal directed the musical Scrooge!, and produces the annual IWU cabaret SoTA Shoppe. He conceived and directed the first three SoTA Senior Chicago Showcases, Live Out Loud, Kaleidoscope Heart and A Little More Homework To Do.  Outside of academia Scott primarily freelances as a professional director.  Select directing credits include: Bonnie & Clyde (Danish premiere), Catch Me If You Can (Danish premiere), Carousel, Dogfight (Danish premiere with Pasek & Paul in residence), The Hotel Casablanca (opera), Aspects of Love, Urinetown, Into the Woods, Triumph of Love(the musical), The Good Woman of Setzuan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Jane Eyre(the musical), Annie, The Miracle Worker, Once on this Island, The Pajama Game, Two Gentlemen of Verona(the musical), COLE, Fiddler on the Roof, The World Goes ‘Round, Antigone, Cabaret, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Annie Get Your Gun, WomanSpeak, The Marriage of Figaro(the play), Can-Can, The Sound of Music, Allegro and Spalding Gray's Rivkala's Ring, as well as, three original interdisciplinary pieces: The Poe Project, Simple Gifts (Greece tour), and Donne in Amore: Heroines in Verse (Italy tour).

As an actor some of Scott’s credits include the 1996-97 national and international tours of The Sound of Music (Rolf), starring Marie Osmond and featured as part of the 100 Days of Wonder as Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty; Ziggy in Tycoon, at the John Houseman & Douglas Fairbanks Theaters; Ali/PJ in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom at The Duplex;  The Lisbon Traviata (Mike), Cabaret (Cliff), The Baltimore Waltz (Carl), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius & Oberon), and Camelot (Arthur & Lancelot), as well as, 14 productions with UDT, including: Into the Woods (Baker), Metropolis (Steven), Blood Brothers (Edward), City of Angels (Stine), Joseph . . . Dreamcoat (Joseph – 10th Anniversary Production), Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), and Oklahoma! (Curly); Concert credits include:  An Evening with Tim Rice with Sir Tim Rice and the 2003 concert of Jesus Christ Superstar starring original cast member Yvonne Elliman, again featuring Sir Tim Rice.

Scott Co-founded and served as Artistic Director of Curtain Call Productions, 1998-2008.  His CCP credits include Co-producing with Towson University, directing and designing the world premiere production of the new musical Lindbergh Baby Kidnapped at Baltimore's Theatre Project, featured in TCG’s American Theatre’s January 2002 musicals issue; directing the world premiere reading of the new musical Deceptions: Wind of Change at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters; producing/directing CCP educational wing, Summer on Stage’s production of the musical revue As Thousands Cheer and an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Scott directed a 2008 CCP benefit concert of William Finn’s Elegies: A Song Cycle at IWU’s Evelyn Chapel. 

Scott’s awards and association include being a proud member of SDC, the Society of Stage Directors and Chorographers, mtEa, the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance – International (Midwest Director) and namt, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre.  He was a staff member for the January 2000 ITI/TCG International Conference for Theatre Makers & Trainers: International Origins for New Theatre Practice: keynote, Anne Bogart and participant in the September 2000 West Coast Musical Theatre Conference: keynote, Julie Taymor, and participated in the 2005 Educational Theatre Association Conference in Atlanta, GA: keynote Eric Booth. He is the 2001 recipient of a Towson Graduate Student Association Award of Excellence, the 2005 recipient of the Passano Family Interdisciplinary Chair for Communications and the Sans Tache Faculty Prize at RPCS and is included in the 9th edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and presented at the 2009 international mtEA conference in Denmark and Germany (“Music Theatre Curriculum: hybrids of the BFA conservatory model”), SETC 2010 & 2011(Southeastern Theatre Conference “Seeking Common Ground: What Similarities are at the Core of BA, BFA and BM Undergraduate Musical Theatre Training?” & “Auditioning for College Musical Theatre Training Programs”) and 2010 IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association “Music Theatre Audition Process When Applying to College”). As the Midwest Director of mtEa, Scott helped plan the 2011 Annual Conference (University of Texas, Austin), presented on the subject of “best practice” in musical theatre training, and facilitated keynote speaker Kaitlin Hopkins, Texas State, presentation. He is currently working on his first book, Wheatley’s Folly: A History of American Musical Theatre and Literature, with coauthor Kati Donovan (UArts) to be published in 2016 by Cognella Publications.

Scott most important endeavor is father to Elijah and Eden Susong.