Suzanne Hauser

Suzanne Hauser is a theatre maker and storyteller who revels in developing original, script-driven theatre with young people as Artistic Director of Ryde Youth Theatre. Suzanne believes that theatre should be so honest that we're uncomfortable speaking the lines aloud and so compelling that our audiences lean forward in their seats, hold their breath and occasionally feel like they've been punched in the stomach.

Highlights of Suzanne’s work at Ryde Youth Theatre include bringing the terror of Western Front in WW1 to life with nothing more than human voices and feet thundering on the theatre floor in Remember Me, confronting inequality and injustice complete with a ten-metre-long, three-metre-high wall in Petrichor, and converting the basement of an 1830s worker’s cottage into Sydney’s most intimate theatre where, among works written, directed and designed by young people, her play Gorgons’ Blessings, challenging the gender roles exploited in popular medieval fantasy, was produced, directed and performed by members of Ryde Youth Theatre.

From 2009 to 2011 Suzanne was Creative Producer at Outback Theatre for Young People, uniting professional theatre artists with young people in rural and isolated communities in NSW. In 2011 and 2012 Suzanne facilitated and co-wrote two productions for Beyond Vision, a vision impaired theatre company working under the auspices of Powerhouse Youth Theatre’s Incubator program. Her play, War Poems was shortlisted for Sydney Theatre Company’s Patrick White Playwright’s Award 2007.

Suzanne holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (Acting) from the University of Iowa, a Bachelor of Theatre from James Cook University and a Bachelor of Science (Theatre) from Texas Woman’s University.