Department of Performing Arts
Susan Derry debuted on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Wonderful Town and played the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera in Hamburg, Germany. Her theatrical career includes appearances as Marian in The Music Man; Liza in Lady in the Dark; Kate/Lilli in Kiss Me Kate; Desdemona in Othello; Eliza in My Fair Lady; Kathleen in Ragtime; Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest; Betty in Sunset Boulevard; Agnes in I Do! I Do!, Celeste #1 in Sunday in the Park; Betty in White Christmas; Fiona in Brigadoon; Maria in West Side Story, among many others. She has an extensive background in opera as well.
New works are a passion for Susan - she is the centerpiece of the Bold New Works series in Virginia, an initiative to create five world-premiere musicals, and her work in the first musical, a new version of The Turn of the Screw, was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. Susan has collaborated with such varied composers as Richard Evans, Larry O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, David Gilbert and Stephen Schwartz, among others, and she co-founded DC’s contemporary opera company UrbanArias in 2009. www.urbanarias.org.
Susan headlined as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, appeared in the Encores! Series at New York City Center eleven times, and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall’s Community Sings series, the Lawton Symphony, the Palm Beach Orchestra, in Kennedy Center galas, Sondheim Award galas, and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein's Mass conducted by Marin Alsop. An encore run of her one-woman show “It’s Got To Be Love” is planned for summer and fall of 2016.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has a thriving private studio in Maryland and serves as the core voice faculty for Stage One, a training program for young aspiring performers at the Signature Theatre. www.susanderry.com.