Susan Gayle Todd, Ph.D.

Producing Artistic Director

Susan first fell in love with Austin Scottish Rite Theater in 2012 when she wrote and co-directed her first children’s play. Before then, Susan’s work had focused on bigger kids. With a Ph.D. in Theater History and Performance Studies, an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, a B.A. in English, and Secondary Teacher Certification, she has for decades specialized in Shakespeare and adaptation while studying, directing, teaching, writing, and performing in a variety of venues: Shakespeare at Winedale, Leander High School, Oxford University English Programme, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the Swan Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon, the University of Texas, the Huntington and Clark Libraries in California, St. Edward’s University, the FuturePlaces Digital Media Festival in Porto, Portugal, and the LA Shakespeare Center. Susan’s greatest joy is in creating community through theater, whether with family, friends, students, or professionals. She has co-founded and directed Shakespeare programs in schools and communities, including Austin’s all-female Weird Sisters Women’s Theater Collective, founded in 2004. Among other programs, she developed the Leander High School Shakespeare Program, Summer’s Lease troupe in Georgetown, Texas, and the St. Edward’s University Shakespeare Club. Susan’s happiest place of all is here at Austin’s oldest and dearest theater!

Susan Gayle Todd


Deanna Belardinelli
Technical Director/Business Manager

June Podlech
Building Supervisor/Programs Coordinator

Players and crew


Rosita y Conchita
A Día de los Muertos Play in English and Spanish
October 12 – November 2, 2019
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A Christmas Carol – Reduced, Reused, Recycled
December 2019

SaulPaul’s Alien Adventure
February 2020

Little Red Chunari
April 2020

Concerts & More

Celil Refik Kaya
Classical guitar
Friday, October 18, 2019
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The Hideout 20th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, October 25, 2019
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70 Years of Magic
With the Fantastic Kent Cummins
Sunday, November 3, 2019
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123 Andrés
February 1-2, 2020

Camps & Classes