Susan Picinich



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MFA, Costume Design, University of Michigan
MA, Theatre History, State University of New York at Albany
BA, Theatre and French, State University of New York at Albany

Areas of Expertise

Costume, Theatre History, Costume Construction, and Weaving and Fiber Arts


Susan is a Professor of Theatre at Towson University teaching costume and theatre history courses. She has designed costumes for more than 160 productions at Portland Stage Company in Maine, Maine State Music Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, and at university theatre programs. Susan has also designed at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia and built costumes for Manhattan Theatre Club and Barbara Matera's Studio in New York City. in 2009 Susan was a Fulbright scholar in Bulgaria, teaching Musical Theatre and Millinery at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. She has worked on fil costumes for Signs of Life, an American Playhouse Production, and she has also had minor assignments on the remake of Sabrina and The Juror. As a member of the Weaver's Guild of Greater Baltimore, Susan exhibits her weaving in the region. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore County Arts Guild.

From 2011 to 2019 Susan served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Towson University. Prior to her appointment at Towson, she was Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Maine as well as Associate Dean and Professor of Theatre there, for a total of 24 years in Maine. A native of New York State, she currently resides in Towson with her husband Stanley Max, a Lecturer in Mathematics at Towson University.