Susie trained at the Royal Academy of Music and began her theatre career as a performer. Her credits include Olga/Sarrighina Nine (The Donmar), u/s Madame Thenardier Les Miserables (UK Tour), Ellen Oklahoma! (National & Lyceum Theatres), Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady (Perth Theatre), Sharon Graham Master Class (Byre Theatre).
On returning to her home in Scotland in 2002, Susie changed career to work in the financial sector with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. But never far from her theatre roots, she set up two production companies and began directing. In 2009, she became one of the musical theatre faculty lecturers for The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2014 she established Infinity Artist Management where she is now principal agent and re-established her production company Quixotic Productions, which co-produced Shirley Valentine with The Byre Theatre in St Andrews.
Susie’s directing credits include Calendar Girls, Royal Dunfermline Command Performance, Jesus Christ Superstar (Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline), Swinging into Christmas (Stevenson Hall, Glasgow), Active Virgin (CVenues, Edinburgh), Company (Churchill Theatre, Edinburgh & Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy), How to Succeed Business Without Really Trying (Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy), Jeykll & Hyde and Little Shop of Horrors (Carnegie Theatre, Dunfermline), The Rink (St Oswalds, Edinburgh Festival Fringe), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (St Brides Theatre, Edinburgh & The Byre Theatre, St Andrews), The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, Kiss of the Spider Woman (St Brides Theatre, Edinburgh), Grand Night for Singing (Byre Theatre, St Andrews)
As Associate Director she worked with directors Philip Howard on Sunday in the Park with George (CVenues Edinburgh) and Ken Alexander on Dougal Irvine’s musical In Touch (Pleasance, Edinburgh).
Susie’s association with the City of London Festival began in 2014 when she co-produced the West End in Wartime concert at Canary Wharf with the fantastic Central Band of the British Royal Legion. She was honoured to then sing with the band herself at Southwalk Cathedral in October 2014. She was delighted to be back working with COLF in 2015 on the concert version of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, working with West End favourites and graduates of her alma mater Royal Academy of Music.
Session: Acting for Musical Theatre
“All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That's what makes theatre live. That's why it persists.” Stephen Sondheim
Are you prepared to accept the challenge of bringing more to the acting of your stage roles?
Would you like to develop your acting skills in your musical theatre performances?
Do you want to improve your confidence as a musical theatre actor?
As a director of musical theatre would you like to have a better idea of what might make your actors tick?
Then we have a course that will suit you down to the ground…
Using a range of quality musical songs and text students will get the chance to explore and develop their skills in acting specifically for the musical theatre stage.
During the week you will:
- Discover how research informs character choices
- Explore text analysis, voice and physical techniques within scene and song
- Learn to listen as an actor
- Find ways to achieve truth and character authenticity
- Discover versatility with style and genre choices
- Integrate performance skills to move seamlessly between scene and song
Whether you have some experience as an actor and want to find a new energy or approach to your work, or are an aspiring actor searching for the confidence to take on a role in a future production, or a director of musical theatre wanting new insights into how to make your actors create memorable performances you will find something of value in this practical course.
Tutor – Susie Dumbreck
What students say…
“Susie has an engaging manor and was very generous with her time. She explained everything in detail and took all our questions seriously. She had lots to teach us and she could have kept teaching us long after the course had ended.”