Illustration by Chris Glynn from W11 Opera JUKEBOX
Illustration by Chris Glynn from W11 Opera JUKEBOX

Susan began her opera directing career in 2011 with Trial by Jury for Opera Minima at Oakham Castle. She returned in 2013 to direct The Magic Flute and finally Don Pasquale in 2015.

She joined W11 Opera as Assistant Director on Deep Waters in 2014, became Associate Director (Eliza & the Swans) & Education & Outreach Director in 2015 and Stage Director in 2016 for The Price, 2017 for Cutlass Crew & 2018 for Shadowtracks.

In 2016 Susan took on the role of Staff Director for the 2016 ETO UK Spring Tour, assisting James Conway on Iphigenia en Tauride & Pia de Tolomei. She maintained both productions on tour as well as Lloyd Wood’s production of Don Giovanni.

Susan has worked very closely with composer Russell Hepplewhite since performing in the world premier of Laika the Spacedog in 2012. She has directed The Price (W11 Opera), revived Shackleton’s Cat (ETO), directed the world premiere of The Casket Girl (Jubilee Opera) and has recently started a new company, Ignite Music - New Music for Young Minds with Hepplewhite and producer, Clio Burroughs.

In her new role, Artistic Director of W11 Opera, Susan has written the script and devised a fully online programme and production for their 2020 opera, JUKEBOX.



Untitled (Dramaturg & Director - World Premier) Ignite Music - TBC



W11 Opera 2021 Commission (Director & Script Writer) - W11 Opera 2021

Jukebox (Director & Script Writer - World Premier) - W11 Opera - 2020

We’ll Meet Again (Director) - HMDT - 2020

The Casket Girl (Director - World Premier) - Jubilee Opera - 2019

The Dancing Master (Director) - The Arnold Festival - 2018

Shadowtracks (Director) W11 Opera - 2018

The World Was All Before Them (Director) - HMDT - 2018

Shackleton’s Cat (Revival Director) ETO - 2018

Cutlass Crew (Director - World Premier) W11 Opera - 2017

The Price (Director - World Premier) W11 Opera - 2016

The Magic Flute (Director) Opera Anywhere - 2016 to

Don Giovanni, Iphigenie en Tauride & Pia de Tolomei (Staff Director) English Touring Opera - 2016

Eliza & the Swans (Associate Director) W11 Opera - 2015

Don Pasquale (Director) Opera Minima - 2015

Carmen (Director) Carces Castle, Provence - 2015

Dido & Aeneas (Director) Le Val Music Festival - 2015

Deep Waters (Assistant Director) W11 Opera - 2014

The Magic Flute (Director) Opera Minima - 2013

Trial by Jury (Director) Opera Minima - 2011