Susan Haefner

Studio Founder, Executive Artistic Director

Originally from Rochester, New York, Susan has lived everywhere from New York to California plus many states in between, and is now proud to call Vermont home. As an actor, director, choreographer, teacher, producer and arts administrator she has worked on Broadway, national and international tours, at Disney World, and at regional theaters across the United States.

In addition to her ongoing actor and director career, Susan is a Vermont Arts Council Teaching Artist; teaching at Expeditionary School at Black River, Weston Playhouse, New England Youth Theatre, Northern Stage, Rutland High School, Windham School and Cavendish Elementary. Theater clinician experience includes Tennessee Arts Academy (professional development for high school theatre directors),  Tennessee Thespian Conference and the NorthEast Theatre Festival. Susan has also taught theater courses at Castleton State University. She served as Weston Playhouse’s Director of Education and Outreach in 2015, and continues to advise and support Weston’s Education programs.

While performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie on Broadway, Susan founded Living Room Arts, a traveling theater 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.

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