How are we a Company?
As credited to theatre troupes in the 16th and 17th centuries in England, we call ourselves a Company. (Although, we do not have a patron!)
The young actors audition to become a member of the Company and the productions are chosen once the Company is in place. The initial weeks are spent on getting to know one another and bond as a group, working equally as one, challenging their own comfort zones. The strength of the Company then helps to dictate the production.
“Keen intellect and a limitless imagination are the foundations for all of the work an actor does.”
Joe Cabral, Walnut Hill School
Susan Pendleton is a proud New Englander, growing up near Boston. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre from New York University (including studies in England) and a Master of Music from The University of Memphis. She has been teaching drama and music to students from pre-school though university since 1974, as well as creating a creative drama curriculum for the Saskatoon Schools. Susan has led over a dozen teacher workshops in various school districts in Canada. In April, 2011, Pendleton was invited as a SMART artist to lead workshops in Drama Education at The University of The United Arab Emirates.
Susan is a member of, and continues to attend, internationally recognized Educational Theatre organizations and conferences, such as TYA and AATE.
Favorite acting roles include Babe (Crimes of the Heart), Fiona (Brigadoon), Carrie Pipperidge (Carousel), Elvira (Blythe Spirit), Mrs. Keller (The Miracle Worker). Directing projects include Godspell, Charlie and Algernon, Ronia the Robber's Daughter, The Boxcar Children, The Orphan Train, Seussical, the Musical, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.
Her professional oboe and English Horn positions have been with various symphony orchestras including Saskatoon, Sacramento, Memphis, and as principal oboist with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. 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.
Susan's daughters all grew up in Sytco and have continued their study of the arts in the US (including NYU's Cap 21, Carnegie Mellon Summer Intensive, Interlochen Arts Academy, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and Idyllwild Arts.) Her grand daughter made her stage debut at age 6 weeks as Baby Roo in Sytco's production of A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail, and again at age 13 months; however that later one required a stand by actor, age 9 months.
Susan has a 5 pound Yorkie, named Casey, He has never acted; but he dresses up as a scorpion for Halloween.
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