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Sue Fenty Studham

  • Head of Stage Management
  • ​PhD, Western Australian Arts Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University​​​​​​​​
  • Design - Technology
  • 773-325-7953

Sue has stage managed for more than three decades in 13 countries. She holds a PhD from Western Australian Arts Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, and a BFA from Adelphi University, New York. She is an AEA stage manager whose credits include hundreds of shows in many genres of theatre from solo performances to large-scale events involving up to 1,600 performers, including Bali Agung (Bali, Indonesia), 3 opening ceremonies for Citrawarna: Colours of Malaysia (Putrajaya & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), the Perth International Arts Festival (Australia), and festivals in New York City, including Lincoln Centre Out-of-Doors, JVC Jazz Festival, Toyota Comedy Festival, First Night, and MacDonald’s Gospelfest. She has stage managed at the Sydney Opera House, The Victorian Arts Centre, the Adelaide Festival Centre, The State Theatre of Western Australia, and His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth. She was also resident stage manager for the West Australian Ballet Company for eight years and has stage managed for heads of state including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the King of Malaysia, and the Prime Minister of Australia. In the U.S., Sue worked with Actors Theatre of Louisville, 101 Productions, Ltd., Manhattan Theatre Club, The Roundabout Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre, NJ Opera Festival, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and Ballet Manhattan, among others.

Sue’s doctoral thesis Stage Management: a question of approach in intercultural theatre (2015) investigated the complexities of cultural exchange in theatrical contexts, including the training of stage managers. Sue is a stage manager, lecturer, mentor, and arts researcher with interests in regional identity and theatrical processes that respect cultural variation. Sue has taught and mentored stage managers in Australia and Southeast Asia and is currently managing editor of Behind the Scenes: Journal of Theatre Production Practice.