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 for the past fifteen years. After completing her master's degree at SUNY Albany, she spent a year auditioning in NYC while writing for an online arts and culture startup. 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 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 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 the International tour of Hairspray with NETworks Productions, the North American tour of Yo Gabba Gabba Live! with S2BN Entertainment, Broadway’s first national tour of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical 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. Most recently, Susan spent two awesome years touring with the first national tour of The Book of Mormon.

Her next project is the Broadway production of The Present, notable as Cate Blanchett's Broadway debut. Given the reality of life in the theatre, work after the limited run of The Present is currently uncertain. 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 two of the biggest contributors to her success, as well as for expanding her professional network and for helping her to find her niche in the theatre business.