Susan Derry debuted on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Wonderful Town and played the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera in Hamburg, Germany (auf Deutsch, naturlich). Her theatrical career includes appearances as Marian in The Music Man; Kate/Lilli in Kiss Me Kate; Desdemona in Othello; Eliza in My Fair Lady; Kathleen in Ragtime; Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest; Betty in Sunset Boulevard; Helen in Saturday Night; Agnes in I Do! I Do!; Celeste #1 in Sunday in the Park with George; Betty in White Christmas; Fiona in Brigadoon; Maria in West Side Story, among many others. She has an extensive background in opera as well.
New works are a passion for Susan - she is the centerpiece of the Bold New Works series in Virginia, an initiative to create five world-premiere musicals; her work in the first piece, a new version of The Turn of the Screw, was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. The second work, Monsters of the Villa Diodati, earned her accolades playing Mary Shelley; the third work centers on Alzheimers and premieres this May. Susan has collaborated with such varied composers as Richard Evans, Larry O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, David Gilbert and Stephen Schwartz, among others, and she co-founded DC’s contemporary opera company UrbanArias in 2009.
Susan headlined as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and appeared in the Encores! Series at New York City Center eleven times. She has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall’s Community Sings series, the Lawton Symphony, the Palm Beach Orchestra, in Kennedy Center galas, Sondheim Award galas, and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Leonard Bernstein's Mass conducted by Marin Alsop.
An encore run of her intimate show “It’s Got To Be Love” is planned for summer 2017, and she returns to New York's Sounds of the City on July 7 with "Singing," Gerald Ginsburg's song cycle based on the poetry of Langston Hughes.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is an adjunct professor of voice at both American University and George Washington University, she has a thriving private studio in Maryland and she serves as the core voice faculty for Signature Theater's Stage One.