Susan Stroman is an American theater and film director, choreographer, and performer. She has won accolades and several awards for her work. She is a woman with talents and has made her way up in her field.
Susan Stroman-early life and education
Susan Stroman is 63 years old now and was born on 17 October 1954 in Wilmington, Delaware. Her parents were Frances and Charles Harry Stroman. Her father knew how to play the piano and was a salesman. She learned music from him. At a young age, Susan also began to learn dance and her favorite styles were jazz, tap, and ballet. She studied it at the Academy of Dance in Wilmington and her teacher was James Jamieson.
She enrolled at the University of Delaware and majored in theater. She was part of several plays and not only performed but also directed and choreographed for the community theaters in Delaware and Philadelphia. She graduated in 1976. Susan then migrated to New York City for greener pastures.
Susan and her work in New York City
It was in 1977 that Susan gave her first performance at the Goodspeed Opera House in the play Hit the Deck. She also had a Broadway appearance in 1979’s musical called Whoopee! She also served as an assistant director, dance captain, and assistant choreographer for the show in Broadway called Musical Chairs in 1990.
Susan now wanted to perform less and concentrate more on the direction and creation of plays. She did several industrial shows, commercials, and club acts where she was the main director.
Susan’s a big career break
Susan got a big break when she was asked to choreograph for the revival of Flora the Red Menace in 1987. This was at the Vineyard Theater in Union Square and her play was watched by Hal Prince who then invited her to do the dance sequences of his NY City production of Don Giovanni. The crew got together and gave another hit called And the World Goes ‘Round in 1991. She earned an Emmy nomination for her work on Liza stepping out of a radio city music hall in 1992. She collaborated with director Mike Ockrent for Crazy for You (1992). She got the Tony Award for best choreography and the show also won it for the best musical.
She also won an award for the revival of Show Boat where she has put in a lot of innovations. Her dance montages were particularly praised. She gave the world more worth-watching musicals and also bagged a lot of awards for them.
After her husband died in 1999, she immersed herself in her work and did The Musical Man, Contact, Thou Shalt Not in 2001, and The Frogs in 2004. The Producers was a commercial success and won the maximum Tony awards. He also directed the musical The Scottsboro Boys in 2010. Talking about the cast, she had said:
“There are five Americans in it, but the rest are British.”
She has to her credit musicals such as Paradise Found, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway the musical, Prince of Broadway, and the like.
Susan Stroman and TV and films
Susan has appeared on multiple shows on TV and also appeared in the film version of The Producers. She has earned a decent amount of money from her various directions and writings and her net worth is not known.
Susan Stroman and her relationships
Susan was married to director Mike Ockrent in 1996. They had worked on many projects together. But the happiness of married life was short-lived for her since Mike expired in 1999 due to leukemia.
Credits: www.wikipedia.com, IMDb.com