Carnegie Mellon University

Susan Tsu

Susan Tsu

Bessie F. Anathan Professor of Design, School of Drama

Address Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Susan Tsu is an award-winning costume designer whose work has graced the stages of major LORT theatres in the United States as well as international venues the world over. She headed the costume programs at Boston University and the University of Texas at Austin before joining the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon, her alma mater, in 2003. Designing costumes for theatre, opera, and television, she is cited in Who’s Who in Fine Arts Higher Education and Who’s Who of American Women, and has been a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recommender.

Memorable productions include the award-winning hit musical Godspell, The Joy Luck Club– a first time collaboration between Chinese and American companies, and The Balcony at the Bolshoi Theatre for Sarah Caldwell’s US-Soviet Cultural Exchange. Tsu’s recent design work includes The Winter’s Tale, The Golden Dragon and Pantagleize for Quantum Theatre; Outside Mullingar, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Pop! for City Theatre; and Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Tsu’s designs are represented in numerous books and publications, and she has won many awards, including the 2016 Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement, the NY Drama Desk, NY Drama Critics, NY Young Film Critics, LA Distinguished Designer Awards and a Kennedy Center Medal of Achievement.