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Susannah Pearse

SUSANNAH PEARSE (composer and writer) is a graduate of English Literature (Jesus College, Cambridge), with an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University).  She is an award-winning lyricist, bookwriter and composer for theatre and radio. Currently, Sue is a Visiting Tutor at Goldsmiths University in the Theatre and Performance Department, a lecturer in Musical Theatre History at Urdang Academy and a Visiting Lecturer at Wolverhampton University.

Theatre include: Book for Ever Onward with Tim Connor (The Other Palace),  The Stationmaster with Tim Connor, The 45th Marvellous Chatterley Village Fete with Rebecca Applin (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), Wonderland with Gyles Brandreth, Rapunzel with Youn Young Park (Singapore Repertory Theatre), The Emperor’s Quest also with Park (awarded a discretionary award by Musical Theatre Matters for its work developing musical theatre for young people), Pride and Prejudice (The Forgotten Bennet sister) with Kate Ferguson, Farm! with Robert Hudson, The Diary of a Nobody with John Finnemore, and lyrics for Sherlock Holmes (The Early Years), book by Kate Ferguson with Robert Hudson, music by Jared M. Dembowski (awarded the Theatre for the American Musical Award at the New York Musical Festival).
Publications include: a song featured in Creative Writer’s Handbook by Katie Daynes (Usborne Publishing), Great Celebration Songs with Stephen Chadwick (Harper Collins) The Night Before Christmas with Matthew White and Ana Sanderson (Harper Collins), How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun with Youn Young Park (Mondo Publishing),

As composer, Sue writes the music for John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme (BBC Radio 4) which was awarded the Radio Academy Silver Award for Comedy in 2014.  She also writes the music for the songs in Just a Minute Does Panto! (BBC Radio 4), The News Quiz Panto (BBC Radio 4)

Other awards include the Theatre for the American Musical Award for Sherlock Holmes (The Early Years) with Kate Ferguson, Robert Hudson and Jared M. Dembowski and the Musical Theatre Matters Award for developing work for younger audiences which she and Youn Young Park won for their children’s show The Emperor’s Quest. Her numerous credits include: