Susan has designed over 300 productions worldwide for theatre, opera, film, and dance.
London: Scenery/Costumes for Salomé (National Theatre); costumes for Buried Child and The Spoils (Trafalgar Studios); Spring Awakening (Novello); Flying Karamazov Brothers’ 4Play (Vaudeville); August Wilson’s Jitney (National Theatre). Scenery/Costumes/Associate Director for Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! And A Place With the Pigs (National Theatre); Valley Song (Royal Court); Playland (Donmar). Set/Costume designer for Fugard’s Sorrows and Rejoicings (Tricycle). Directorial collaborators include Yaël Farber, Michael Mayer, James Lapine, Robert Falls, Athol Fugard, James MacDonald, Richard Nelson, Garland Wright, Mark Lamos, Frank Galati, Selina Cartmell, Des McAnuff, Bartlett Sher, Doug Wright, Laurie Anderson, Tony Kushner, Garry Hynes, Michael Longhurst, and David Jones.
Recent designs include: Rigoletto (Metropolitan Opera); Present Laughter (Broadway); King Lear with Michael Pennington (TFNA); The Apple Family Plays (2015 Brighton Festival); Nick Payne’s If There Is... with Jake Gyllenhaal (Roundabout); John Ford’s The Broken Heart; Taylor Swift’s Speak Now! World Tour and Ringling Brothers Circus.
Trained at Yale, she chairs Graduate Design for Stage and Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Her many awards include Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Australia’s Helpmann and Green Room Awards and Olivier nomination for Wicked.