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Susan Russell

Associate Professor, Theatre
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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, 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. She experienced a twenty-five-year career as a professional actor on and off-Broadway, and her plays have been produced by Emerging Artists Theatre, Lincoln Center, and Penn State University. Dr. Russell is 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.

  • Education
    • BA from St. Andrews University
    • MA from Florida State University
    • PhD from Florida State University
  • Courses Taught
    • Gender and Theatre
    • Playwriting
    • First-Year Seminar
    • Graduate Seminar in Antiquity
  • Honors + Awards
    • Penn State Laureate
    • College Marshall
    • University Homecoming Court
    • Honorary Pi Kappa Phi
    • Honorary Alpha Sigma Lamda
    • Honorary Lady Lions Coach
    • Honorary National Residence Hall Society
    • Commission For Women Achieving Women Award
    • Commission For Women Faculty Award
    • Faces of Penn State
    • Edward Vogelsong Award from Youth Services Bureau of State College
    • Faculty Marshall School of Theatre
  • Publications + Presentations


    • “The Moral Moments Project: Where Technology and Compassion Meet”
    • “The Performance of Discipline on Broadway, Studies in Musical Theatre”


    • Tricksters in the Academy, Teaching Critical Theory, Web, Everything is Communication, (Book Chapter)
    • Body Language: Cultural Conversations Reaching Out and Reaching In (Book)
    • Stop the Violence, Start the Conversation: Body Language 2011 (Book)


    • Curioscity: A Science Show, Media: Leaping into FAITH 1-6, Penn State News
  • Built Works
    • The Moral Moments Project
    • The Center for Arts and Design Pedagogy
    • Cultural Conversations New Works Festival
  • Service + Affiliations
    • Dramatists Guild
  • Expertise
    • Ancient Theatre
    • Dramatic Literature and Criticism