Director and Founder of Surrey Youth Theatre Company Susan Pendleton
Pendleton holds an MA in Educational Theatre from New York University (1978) including studies in London and Bretton Hall in England. As well, an MM in Oboe from The University of Memphis (1977). Susan has been teaching drama and music to students from preschool through university since 1974. Susan created a creative drama curriculum for the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan School District and has led “Creative Drama in the Classroom” workshops at the Surrey School District Teacher’s Conferences 2010-2019. She has directed children and adults in over 30 full productions including: Cotton Patch Gospel, Charlie, The Boyfriend, I Remember Mama, Godspell, The King and I, Japanese Theatre, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Pippi Longstocking, Charlotte’s Web, Oliver! Her acting roles in Saskatoon’s Gateway Theatre included: Brigadoon (Fiona), Move Over Mrs. Markham (Mrs. Markham), Paint Your Wagon (Elizabeth), The Miracle Worker (Mrs. Keller), Crimes of the Heart (Babe).
In April, 2011, Pendleton was invited as a SMART artist to lead workshops in Drama Education at The University of The United Arab Emirates.
Her professional oboe playing has included positions with the Memphis Symphony, Stockton Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony, and as principal oboist with the Chattanooga Symphony. These positions were in conjunction with teaching positions at The University of The Pacific, The University of Tennessee (Chattanooga), and a fellowship at the University of Memphis. Presently, she is a free-lance oboist and English hornist and plays with orchestras in Bellingham, Washington.
Her three daughters, ages 28, 30, 32, all grew up in SYTCO and have continued their study of the arts in the US (Whitman College, Middlebury College, Colorado College, UC Berkeley, New York University, Interlochen Arts Academy, Carnegie Mellon University, NYU’s CAPP 21, Walnut Hill School of the Arts).