Susan Payne

Susan Payne is a theater artist and singer interested in the many ways and mediums with which we tell stories on stage. She fell in love with storytelling at The Piven Theatre Workshop where she has directed, adapted and taught for the past fifteen years. Her recent vocal performances have included everything from Mozart to Miss Pussy’s Opera in varied venues from Links Hall to the Chicago Cultural Center. She is a firm believer that Opera belongs both on the street and in the salon and she preaches what she practices at Roosevelt University where she is a theater coach and director in the Opera Program. She has been lucky to have been under the wing of many an amazing female artist: Words With Lucille, Stories With Joyce, & Songs With Catherine. She likes to think of them as kind of a superhero team that put her into a pod and sent her to another planet. She has yet to reach her destination.


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