Susan Branch Towne joined St. Edward's University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Design in Fall 2012.  A member of professional association United Scenic Artists, Local 829 since 1986, Professor Towne brings over 30 years of experience as a Costume Designer to her role as an educator and mentor at St. Edward's Performing Arts Department and Mary Moody Northen Theatre. Her costume designs have been seen on stages across the country, including New York City Opera, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Denver Center Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Skylight Music Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Lake George Opera Festival, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Theatre, Harvard and Cornell Universities, and for numerous companies Off-Broadway.  After many years in New York, Professor Towne returned to her hometown of Austin, where she has designed over 40 productions for leading performing arts organizations including Zach Theatre, Ballet Austin, Conspirare, Austin Opera, and Zilker Summer Musicals. 


Year Started



M.F.A.- Yale School of Drama

B.F.A.- Carnegie-Mellon University

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

Syracuse Area Live Theatre Award for Best Costume Design- 2016

St. Louis Theatre Circle Award for Best Costume Design of a Play 2015

Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Costume Design- 2006

Austin Critics Table Award for Best Costume Design- 2003, 2013, 2017

B. Iden Payne Award for Best Costume Design-1984, 1996, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

United Scenic Artists, Local 829

United States Institute for Theatre Technology- National and SW Regional member