With degrees in fine arts and business, Susan has long been inspired by the intersection of art and business. Her experience in performing arts programming and management includes leadership positions at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO and Overture Center in Madison, WI. In the area of theatrical production, she served as general manager for Fox Theatricals, a commercial theatre producer and manager of a group of off-loop theaters in Chicago. In the area of television production, she served as a business manager at WGBH in Boston, where she was responsible for all financial and managerial aspects of national and international productions such as Columbus and the Age of Discovery, a seven-hour documentary produced in collaboration with six international co-producers, and with a production budget of approximately six million dollars. As an entrepreneur, she co-founded and co-directed 4SITE Programming, a company with a unique business model designed to provide performing arts programming services for multiple venues across the United States.
It was her interest in widening accessibility to the arts that brought her to Overture Center (formerly the Madison Civic Center), a venue with a strong commitment to programming for youth as well as local engagement and outreach. During her time there as director of education and community programs, she began attending the IPAY Showcases. IPAY deeply informed her understanding and aesthetic appreciation of performing arts programming for youth. Recently, she moved to Philadelphia and has stepped into the role of interim general manager for IPAY. She is happy to be in a position to serve the organization and community that has had such a positive influence on her perspective and work and that continues to lead and shape the field of performing arts for youth in North America.