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Susan Coromel

Theatre Department Chair; Professor of Theatre: Voice and Acting
Specialty: Head of Acting, Voice/Movement

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Pelton 134
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


As a professional actor Susan Coromel has appeared in more than 65 roles in New York and regional theater, summer stock and film. She is a founding member, actor, director and current Artistic Director of Theatre 33, a new play development company in residence at Willamette University. Previously she was Associate Artistic Director at Salem Repertory Theatre. Ms. Coromel has worked with leading theatre directors, and was a member of the acting company at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons. She created and performed the solo play Maresfield Gardens, a play about one woman’s journey through psychoanalysis with Anna Freud and performed at the SpringWorks Festival in Stratford, Ontario Canada as well as premiered the play at Theatre 33. 

Before her tenure at Willamette University, she taught and directed in both BFA and BA nationally recognized programs. She is a certified master teacher in the Meisner Technique, and also teaches Michael Chekhov technique, Edith Skinner and Linklater voice techniques. Susan Coromel is a member of Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actor’s Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.  Susan received her MFA in acting at the professional Actor’s Training Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and studied at several studios in New York City including the Acting Studio and the Michael Howard Studio. 


  • MFA, Professional Actor Training Program, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Performances and Productions

Willamette University Theatre, Directing

Dancing at Lughnasa, by Bryan Friel. 2024.
Blithe Spirit, by Noël Coward. 2023.
Twelfth Night
, by William Shakespeare. 2022.
The Memo, by Václav Havel. 2020.
Men on Boats, by Jaklyn Backhaus. 2019.
Wings of Fire (World Premiere musical), by Haley Green and Austin Green. 2018.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, by Tom Stoppard. 2016.
Vincent in Brixton, by Nicholas Wright. 2016.
Top Girls, by Caryl Churchill. 2014.
Proof, by David Auburn. 2014. 

More Willamette directing credits
Measure for Measure
, by William Shakespeare. 2013.
SMASH, by Jeffrey Hatcher. 2011.
Aquitania, by Stephen Legawiec. 2010.
The Autumn Garden, by Lillian Hellman. 2010.
Beauty Queen of Leeann, by Martic McDonough. 2009.
The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde. 2007.
W(h)acked, An Immorality Play, by Stephanie Timm. 2007.
Tongue of a Bird, by Ellen McLaughlin. 2005.
A Lie of the Mind, by Sam Shepard. 2005.
Three Farces and a Funeral, by Anton Chekhov. Adapted by Robert Brustein. 2003.
Quilters, by Molly Newman and Barbara Dameshek. 2002.
How I Learned To Drive, by Paula Vogel. 2001.


Regional and Local Productions and Performances

Director, Midsummer, by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre. Verona Studios, Salem, OR, 2020.
Director/Artistic Director, Tenders of the Feet, by Ciji Geurin, music by Hal Logan. Theatre 33, Salem, OR, 2017.
Director/Artistic Director, SHORN, by Nora Douglass. Theatre 33, 2017.
Producer/Artistic Director, 36 Perfectly Appropriate Mealtime Conversations, by Brianna Barrett. Theatre 33, 2017.
Actor/Principle, ATRIO Health Plans, Print Commercial. Leo Ketel Productions, Portland, OR, 2016.
Director, Christmas Carol, a 1940’s Radio Show, adapted by Thomas Nathan from the short story by Charles Dickens. Theatre 33, 2016.

More regional and local productions
Director, A Christmas Memory, adapted from the short story by Truman Capote. Theatre 33, Oregon Winery Tour, 2016.
Staged Reading. Successful Strategies, by Andrea Stolowitz. Theatre 33, 2016.
Playwright and Actor, Maresfield Gardens. SpringWorks Indie Theatre and Arts Festival, Stratford, Ontario, Canada; and Theatre 33, 2016.
Director, Blonde Poison, by Gail Louw. Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. 2016.
Director, Apple Season, by E. M. Lewis. Theatre 33, 2016.
Producer/Artistic Director, A Squirrel Boy, A Robot Cat, But Also Parents, by Jonathan Graham. Theatre 33, 2016.
Actor, Stubby Pringle’s Christmas, adapted from the short story by Jack Shaffer. Theatre 33, Oregon Winery Tour, 2015.
Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.