Susan Kupferer was born and raised in Irvine, California and is the oldest of two children. Her love for theatre began as a child, when her grandparents would bring her to see the national tours that came through the area, such as The Lion King and Wicked. Years later while in her freshman year of high school, Susan was encouraged by a peer to join the technical crew for her school’s fall play. After observing the stage manager on that show, she knew it was something she wanted to work towards.
Susan began to work professionally as a stage manager during her senior year of high school before leaving sunny California to attend her first year of college at Brigham Young University-Idaho. After that year, she served a mission for 18 months in Buenos Aires, Argentina before transferring to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to continue working toward her degree.
Susan graduated from BYU with a degree in stage management in 2019. Susan is currently the Stage Management Team Lead, a production stage manager and calling stage manager at Hale Centre Theatre. Her recent credits include: Production Assistant of Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl, Production Stage Manager of Bright Star and Murder on the Orient Express at Hale Centre Theatre, BYU’s Wonderland, Single Wide, and Christmas Around the World and Utah Vocal Arts Academy’s Don Giovanni during their summer opera festival. She was also recently the Assistant Stage Manager of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Sundance Summer Theatre’s Oklahoma! and BYU’s China Spectacular tour. Susan has received national awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in stage management and lighting design.
When not in the theatre, Susan enjoys rock climbing and hiking with her husband, exploring national parks, reading a good book and spending time near the ocean.