University at Albany
 

Susan Brumley

Susan Brumley (M.A. in Theatre, 1999) has been a working company manager for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and touring theatrical productions since 2001. After completing her master's degree at the University at Albany (SUNY), she spent a year auditioning in NYC while writing for the arts and culture website CultureFinder.com. Two days before that business declared bankruptcy, Susan was offered two different touring jobs—one as an actor and one as a technician for almost three times the money. Because she had gotten used to eating every day, she accepted the job as a technician.

From there, she honed her skills in every aspect of touring theatrical productions over the next few years with Chamber Theatre of Boston, eventually moving into the areas of stage and company management. She earned her AEA (Actors’ Equity Association) card shortly thereafter, working as a Stage Manager for ArtsPower Touring Theatre. Her first AEA production contract was on Eve Ensler's tour of The Good Body, following its brief Broadway run. She earned her ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers) card with the Off-Broadway musical How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes.

Other credits include national tours of Hairspray, Yo Gabba Gabba Live!, Avenue Q, Next to Normal (starring Alice Ripley in her Tony Award winning role), the first national tour of the recent Broadway revival of Evita, and the Broadway runs of Sister Act and Bring It On: The Musical! Her most recent credits include three awesome years helming the first national tour of The Book of Mormon, including a three-month contract in Australia, and the Broadway run of The Present (notable as Cate Blanchett’s Broadway debut). She is currently company manager of the second national tour of Hamilton.

In addition to the graduate program at the University at Albany, Susan credits her four years of volunteer work with the Fringe Festival in NYC and her participation in a seminar with CTI (Commercial Theatre Institute) as the biggest contributors to her success, as well as for expanding her professional network and for helping her to find her niche in theatre.