Susan Booth

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Arts as catalyst for the health of cities

Using her platform as artistic director of the Alliance Theatre, Susan Booth teaches that the Arts are a catalytic and causal factor in the health of a city.

Since joining the Alliance Theatre in 2001, Booth has not only elevated the stature and reputation of the Theatre, she has elevated the stature and reputation of Atlanta. Under her direction, the Alliance Theatre won the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award. She has overseen the production of “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” “The Color Purple,” “Bring It On: The Musical” and many more. As a director, she has worked nationally at theatres including the Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film and others.

With Booth’s leadership, the Alliance Theatre has become a powerful community citizen, through projects such as the Collision Project for teens, a summer program that assembles a diverse group of 20 teenagers from the Atlanta metro area to create theatre for and about themselves. The Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition is a bridge for students to move into the professional theatre world.