Susan Derry


Areas of Expertise


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.  She 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.

Susan headlined as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, and appeared in the Encores! Series at New York City Center eleven times; other concert appearances include the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall’s Community Sings series, Kennedy Center galas, the Sondheim Award galas, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in  Leonard Bernstein's Mass conducted by Marin Alsop.   Her one-woman show “It’s Got To Be Love” has played numerous venues in DC and New York.

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.