Susan Zeeman Rogers is an award-winning visual artist and scenic designer with 40 years of experience communicating visual ideas.  Susan’s work, both in her set designs and her installations and dioramas, is based on movement and transformative storytelling.  

In New York, Susan has worked with The Prototype Festival, Opera / Theatre / Now (the critically acclaimed Thumbprint), New Georges, Red Bull Theater, INTAR, IRT, Mint Theater, Red Shift Productions; Susan Marshall and Co., MCC Theatre, Flea Theatre, and Mabou Mines Artists Residency.  She has collaborated with Ripe Time director Rachel Dickstein on four adaptations for movement-based theatre.  These include the critically acclaimed Septimus and Clarissa adapted from Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Innocents, an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Treatment of Bibi Haldar and Sophocles’ Antigone.  Susan designed Teach, Teacher, Teachest, an adaptation of Eugene Ionesco’s The Lesson for One-Eighth Theater, directed by Daniel Irizarry.  She will design Jose Rivera’s upcoming adaptation of The Maids by Jean Genet, also for One-Eighth.  

Regionally, Susan has designed for Trinity Repertory Theatre., Shakespeare and Company, Two River Theatre Company, Actors Shakespeare Project, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Opera Boston (the critically acclaimed Nixon in China), Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Curtis Opera, Opera North, Underground Railway Theatre, ART Institute, Contemporary American Theatre Co. and Moscow Art Theatre School.  

Other theatre collaborators include Elena Araoz, Gabriel Barre, Ned Canty, Juliette Carillo, Brad Dalton, Lydia Diamond, Laura Eason, Scott Edmiston, Daniel Jaquez, Daniel Alexander Jones, Anne Kauffman, Ellen McLaughlin, Tina Packer, Steve Maler, Kamala Sankaram, Jim Simpson, Octavio Solis, Marcus Stern, Caridad Svich, Andrea Thome, Susan Yankowitz, Megan Sandberg Zakian and Jose Zayas.

Awards include a Drama League Nomination for Distinguished Production for Septimus and Clarissa (Ripe Time); Best Design, First Irish Festival for Is Life Worth Living (Mint Theatre); 2010 Elliot Norton Outstanding Set Design Award for Adding Machine, A Musical (SpeakEasy Stage Co); 1997, 2008 and 2010 IRNE Outstanding Set Design Awards; Best Design, Opera Online for The Pearl Fishers (Opera Boston), and the 2000-2002 National Endowment for the Arts/ Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program for Designers. Susan’s design for Septimus and Clarissa was selected for the USA Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial of World Scenography in June, 2015. She is a 2014-2015 Audrey Resident Artist at New Georges.  

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