Susan J. Vitucci

Writer, Artist, Teacher, Producer, Performer


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Susan J. Vitucci is librettist, director, puppet designer, and performer of the acclaimed puppet operetta Love’s Fowl (music by Henry Krieger) that features her puppet company, the Clothespin Repertory Theatre. Love’s Fowl gained wide recognition from a feature story that is often rebroadcast on public radio’s “This American Life”. Love’s Fowl enjoyed a successful run at New York Theatre Workshop and has toured the U.S. at venues including the Spoleto USA Festival, in Oregon at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA festival, at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center, among others. Susan's Love’s Fowl puppets were nominated for American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award.

A professional writer for more than two decades, Susan also has extensive experience in corporate communications and has written, directed and produced special events for numerous New York City organizations including the 92nd Street YM-YWHA, UJA/Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Among her website content credits is the serialized apocryphal, but true, “Secret Diaries of La Pulcina Piccola.

While on staff at the 92nd Street Y, Susan was theatre administrator of Kaufmann Concert Hall, and, subsequently served as executive assistant to the executive director. She is currently pursuing writing, teaching and independent producing projects and is at work on a new puppet operetta, Small Fish, with music by Henry Krieger.

She is on the advisory board and often works with the 52nd Street Project, a program which pairs children from New York's Clinton neighborhood with theatrical professionals to make theatre, and edited the Project's 52 Pick-up: A Guide to Making Theater with Children by Willie Reale.

A member of the Dramatists Guild, the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s playwrights unit, and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, Susan has received fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Ucross Foundation. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.