Artistic Director

Suzanne Richard headshot

SUZANNE RICHARD has a BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  With Open Circle Theatre she received a Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production of a Resident Musical for Jesus Christ Superstar.  She currently works as a professional actress in the DC area with such companies as The Folger, Fords Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Imagination Stage, and 1st Stage.  She also works as a consultant to the U.S. International Council on Disabilities, where she was previously the Outreach Coordinator, and as a Program Partner and Master Teaching Artist with Story Tapestries.  At the National Endowment for the Arts, she served as the Accessibility Specialist in the Office of Accessibility.  She served on the Maryland Governor’s Advisory Committee for Genetic and Heritable Disorders and the Governor’s Advisory Committee for Careers in the Arts for Persons with Disabilities.  Along with frequently speaking on disability issues and genetics for the Human Genome Project, she authored the chapter “Dealing with Being Different” for Growing Up with Osteogenesis Imperfecta along with chapters in various books on arts and disabilities.