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 New Musicals”) and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Texas at El Paso. Aside from serving as Head of Music Theatre and running the BFA in Music Theatre, Scott’s teaching load at IWU includes: Acting I & Acting III, Auditions, Directing I, Theatre Appreciation, Introduction to Dramatic Literature, Music Theatre History & Literature, Gateway:The Evolution of the Female Playwright, Performance & Production, Music Theatre Scene Study, Music Theatre Workshop and Senior Showcase.  Since joining the IWU faculty in the fall of 2007, he has directed Dolly Parton's 9 to 5, Michael John LaChiusa's Hello Again, Once Upon A Mattress, Stephen Sondheim's Passion,  the Pulitzer-prize-winning musical Of Thee I Sing and music directed Scrooge! the musical in McPherson Theatre. Working in the E. Melba Johnson Kirkpatrick Laboratory Theatre and The Country Club and Edges: A Song Cycle in the Phoenix Theatre.  He directed the world premiere workshop of the new musical Winter of the Fall with composer/lyricists/librettist Lawrence Rush in residence and Lucky Nurse & Other Short Musical Plays (including Break, Over Texas, Agnes, Kesa & Morito, Eulogy for Mister Hamm, Eleanor Sleeps Here & Lucky Nurse) by Michael John LaChiusa for Music Theatre Workshop and showcase productions Away We Go! The Golden Age of the American Musical 1943-1964, Horror Freaks & B-Movie Geeks and The Musical of Musicals for Music Theatre Scene Study.

Outside of IWU, Scott primarily freelances as a professional director.  Select directing credits include: Urinetown, the musical, Into the Woods Triumph of Love (the musical), The Good Woman of Setzuan, Elegies: A Song CycleThe 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).

Acting credits include: 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.

Artistic Director Co-Founder: Curtain Call Productions, 1998-present.  CCP credits include Co-producing with Towson University, directing and designing the world premiere 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 outdoor A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Outside Teaching: Frequent workshops & guest lecturers across the country on Musical Theatre Auditions, Music Theatre Curriculum and Directing.  Former instituitions include Towson University, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and six years as the Director of Theatre/Grade Level Dean for Roland Park Country School.

Awards and Association: Proud member of SDC, the Stage Directors and Chorographers Society and mtEA, the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance – International (Executive Committee-Midwest Director).  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. Featured in the 9th edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers and a frequent Audition Workshop practitioner he has presented at the 2009 & 2011 international mtEA conference in Denmark/Germany and Sweden (Music Theatre Curriculum/A Look at the European Music Theatre Training Model), the 2010 mtEA annual conference in Austin, TX (Conversation with Kaitlin Hopkins: From Artist to Educator), the 2010 SETC conference (Lexington, KY-Music Theatre Curriculum), 2011 SETC conference (Atlanta, GA-Auditioning), and 2012 SETC conference (Chattanooga, TN-Navigating the College Audition Process).

Scott has two children whom he adores, Elijah and Eden.

Hello Again

"Hello Again" Directed, Fall 2011