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A product of an outstanding Pinellas County performing arts education, Suzanne received a scholarship to attend Stetson University’s School of Music in Deland, FL. While earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theater, she sang roles from Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof to Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, earned 1st place in the Advanced Musical Theater division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, was honored as an Irene Ryan Competition finalist within the Southeast, and was featured as an alumni artist playing the title role in her Alma Mater’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Her professional theater career included multiple regional theater productions at venues such as The Farm House in Blowing Rock, NC, Seaside Music Theatre in Daytona Beach, FL and the Mark II Dinner Theater in College Park, FL. Meanwhile, she performed professionally as a vocal soloist from Orlando to Salisbury Cathedral, England before finding her true calling in educational theater.

For the past 15 years she has developed theater programs of excellence serving as a 6-12 grade Theater instructor and director in the Denver metro and Central Florida areas while obtaining her Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Belhaven University. Favorite directing experiences include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Our Town, and an in-the-round production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A particularly meaningful theatrical opportunity was her role as co-writer/director of the original one act, Dear Haiti, which featured students who survived the Haiti earthquake of 2010 and led to an annual “Empty Stage Project” benefit performance for earthquake victims.
In addition to teaching and directing, Suzanne served in K-12 education as Fine Arts Coordinator and Fine Arts Department Chair. She was voted her school’s Educator of the Year and received the Educational Theater Association scholarship to attend the Voice and Speech Trainers Association Conference at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in the summer of 2013.
She joined the Patel Conservatory as Theater Chair in September 2014 and has directed the Patel Conservatory Theater productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Shrek, the Musical. She presents workshops with an emphasis on voice, improvisation and musical theater for students and theater educators throughout the state of Florida.

Suzanne is married to Gil, her tremendously supportive husband and fellow educator, and they are raising two theatrical daughters, Micah and Wren.
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