Literature and Criticism, Playwriting, History of Musical Theatre
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The Pennsylvania State University
116 Theatre Building
University Park, PA 16802-2900
(814) 863-1451

Susan Russell is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate literature/criticism, Musical Theatre History, and Playwriting. She received her PhD in Theatre Studies from Florida State University’s School of Theatre in 2007, her Master of Arts degree from Florida State University in 2003, and her BA in Theatre from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC in 1979. Between her education pursuits, she experienced a twenty-five-year career as a professional actor on and off-Broadway, and as a playwright, her works have been produced by Emerging Artists Theatre and Lincoln Center in New York City, and at Penn State University. In 2007, Dr. Russell created Cultural Conversations, and this unique “community collaboration” uses music, theatre, dance, storytelling, and visual arts to help young people talk about the social issues of their time. As a practical application of her work in Cultural Conversations, Dr. Russell has written Body Language: Stop the Violence/Start the Conversation, and Body Language: Cultural Conversations Reaching Out and Reaching In, and these texts are supplied free of charge to school systems and community organizations. Dr. Russell was honored in 2012 with the Penn State Commission For Women's Faculty Award for her work on women's rights, in 2013 she was selected as one of the Faces of Penn State, and in 2014, Russell was appointed as The 2014-2015 Penn State Laureate. During her Laureate year, Dr. Russell brought all the Penn State campuses together in an ongoing conversation about Dignity. In 2017, Dr. Russell was awarded a fellowship with TLT where she created The Moral Moments Project alongside a TLT team of instructional designers and project managers. The course is now taught across Penn State Commonwealth campuses. Dr. Russell is also co-founder and co-Director of The Center for Pedagogy in Arts and Design, which is a unique place where information and the arts collaborate in extraordinary ways.

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