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Suzan Zeder

Professor EmeritaPh.D.,




Theater for Youth Chair and Distinguished Teaching Professor - Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts
The University of Texas at Austin

Unit and Program Area:
Performance: Playwriting

Classes Taught:
Graduate courses: Playwriting Workshop, Playwriting for Youth, Playwriting Pedagogy, Monday Night Lab, Myth Legend and Tale, Form and Structure/ Undergraduate Courses: Playwriting II, Playwriting III. Monday Night Lab, Myth Legend and Tale.

What you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Department of Theatre & Dance:

The energy and initiative of our students when they astonish themselves and me through their participation in projects like our bi-annual Cohen New Works Festival presented by University Co-op. Both graduate and undergraduate students make a deep personal commitment to the pursuit of new and innovative work, stretching their own boundaries and building the future right here, right now! The intellectual stimulation and emotional support of my colleagues and peers on the faculty!

Favorite thing about Austin:
An eclectic mix of life-styles, passions, political ideologies and a generosity of spirit. Also great restaurants!

Current projects/research/interests/hobbies:
I cook, I write, I teach, I eat!

The biggest risk you have taken to date:
I don't take risks. I go on adventures where the outcome is unknown!

Something about yourself that we wouldn't know from reading your professional biography:
I am a cancer survivor


Professor Zeder has been recognized nationally and internationally as one of the nation's leading playwrights for family audiences. Her plays have been performed in all fifty states, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, Germany, Israel and New Zealand; and have been published in Great Britain, Germany and Japan. Step On A Crack, Wiley And The Hairy Man, In A Room Somewhere and The Death And Life Of Sherlock Holmes are regularly performed by professional and university theatres throughout the country. Doors and Mother Hicks were produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., which also co-commissioned Do Not Go Gentle. In 1990 Anchorage Press published Wish In One Hand and Spit in the Other, an anthology of her nine published plays. Her most recent play, The Taste Of Sunrise: Tuc's Story, premiered at Seattle Children's Theatre in September of 1996. Professor Zeder is the three-time winner of the Distinguished Play Award given by the American Alliance of Theatre and Education. In the spring of 1996, Ms. Zeder was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in Washington, D.C. Professor Zeder is the first holder of an endowed chair in Theatre For Youth/Playwriting at the University of Texas.

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