Mrs. Suzanne Livesay

Vice President of Education,
Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Straz Center for the Performing Arts


Suzanne is a graduate of Stetson University’s School of Music and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Musical Theater. As an undergrad, she was honored as a NATS division winner and regional Irene Ryan Competition finalist. Professionally, Suzanne has performed in multiple regional theatre productions throughout the country.
For over 16 years as a theatre educator she has developed theatre programs of excellence in the Denver metro and Central Florida areas while obtaining her Master’s degree in Secondary Education in 2012. In addition to teaching and directing, Suzanne has served in K-12 public and private education as both Fine Arts Coordinator and Department Chair. She was voted her school’s Educator of the Year in 2012 and won the VASTA/EdTA scholarship to study at the Guthrie Theater in 2013.
Suzanne joined the Patel Conservatory in 2014, soon after was promoted to Acting Managing Director and was named Vice President of Education at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in 2015. Suzanne continues to teach and direct, serves on AdvancED accreditation teams in the state of Florida and presents workshops with an emphasis on voice, improvisation and musical theater for students and educators throughout the southeast.

Job History

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Vice President of Education
Tampa, FL, United States
December 2015 - present

Patel Conservatory @ the Straz Center
Theater Chair
Tampa, FL, United States
September 2014 - December 2015

Celebration High School
Drama & Keyboard Instructor
Celebration, FL, United States
July 2014 - September 2014

The First Academy
Theatre and Choral Director
Orlando, FL, United States
August 2008 - July 2014

Geneva Academy
Fine Arts Coordinator
DeLand, FL, United States
August 2005 - June 2008

Faith Christian High School
Theater Instructor and Director
Arvada, CO, United States
August 1998 - December 1999