With an extraordinarily rich background as both a theatrical producer and an educator, Susan Dietz is uniquely qualified to lead the Professional Program in Producing. A five-time Tony nominee, L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award winner and Drama-Logue Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Ms. Dietz has produced acclaimed productions from 99-seat theaters in L.A. to Broadway–and virtually everywhere in between.
Her list of New York and Broadway producing credits includes the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-nominated Topdog/Underdog; the Tony-nominated The Lonesome West, The Little Dog Laughed, and Deuce; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Steel Magnolias and three-time Tony-winner Fela! as well as last season’s Tony nominated Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally.
She has served as Founder and Artistic Director of the L.A. Stage Company and Founder-President of Canon Theatricals, spearheading productions of Nuts, Uncommon Women and Others, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, Translations, the world premiere of Penn and Teller, Greater Tuna, True West, Cloud Nine, the West Coast premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and countless other adventurous productions.
Ms. Dietz’s 21 years as Executive Director at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills also found her mounting such shows as Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin; Love Letters; Andrea Martin’s Nude, Nude, Totally Nude; The Last Night of Ballyhoo; bash; Bill Graham Presents; War Letters; Lorna Luft’s Songs My Mother Taught Me; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits; and William Finn’s Elegies.
In addition to her groundbreaking work at the Canon, she has been Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse, Public Stage/L.A., and The Actors Company Theatre of Hermosa Beach; Producing Director at Hollywood’s Extraordinary Theatre Company and Reprise Theatre Company; and Director of Public Relations at the Los Angeles Theatre Alliance.
Ms. Dietz’ academic background includes a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at Penn, Northampton High School (Northampton, MA), St. Ann’s School for the gifted (Brooklyn Heights, NY) and the Harvard School for Boys (North Hollywood, CA), where she founded and chaired the Drama Department. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Cal Arts.
Having spent so many years exploring literary texts has stood her in good stead during her collaborations with such admired playwrights as Wendy Wasserstein, Christopher Durang, Douglas Carter Bean, Rupert Holmes, A.R. Gurney, Suzan-Lori Parks and Terrence McNally She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of KTC, a small theater company in Los Angeles devoted solely to the development of new work and new artistic voices. And this season she will be represented in New York with Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play, Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Bergman’s Honeymoon in Vegas, Billy Porter’s While I Yet Live and Sam Harris’ Ham.