Susan Lynskey


Associate Professor of the Practice


Department of Performing Arts
General profile




Susan Lynskey is an Associate Professor Of the Practice in Theater & Performance Studies and the Artistic Adviser to Co-Curricular Theater serving as adviser and mentor for Mask and Bauble, Nomadic, Black Theatre Ensemble, Children's Theatre, and The Georgetown Improv Association). She teaches Acting at all levels for (Majors and Non-Majors), Dialects, Acting Apprenticeship, Art of The Monologue, and Deaf Performance Culture.

As Director / Deviser Susan conceived and directed Visible Impact, a world premiere production bringing together D/deaf and hearing students from GU and Gallaudet University. She created the DiverseABILITY Forum for Georgetown's Reflective Engagement In the Public Interest initiative with Fr. Rick Curry, SJ. Susan serves nationally on the Disability Advocacy Task Force for ATHE and here at Georgetown on the Faculty Task Force for the forwarding of the Disability Studies Inclusion Initiative.

With colleague Dr. Bill Rebeck, she created the 'Heart of the Harvey' the first Main-Med performative collaboration between the Georgetown Medical school and Theatre at GU, at the W. Proctor Harvey Clinical Amphitheater, which explores the intersection of art and medicine.

Lynskey is a celebrated teacher at GU and is so honored to have received Georgetown's Dean's Award for Excellence In Teaching, the LGBTQIA Faculty Award, The NSO Faculty Service Award, to be named a Doyle Fellow for Equity and Inclusion, an Engelhard Fellow (for Connecting Life and Learning) and a newly inducted 2016-2019 CSJ (Center for Social Justice) Faculty Fellow for Theatre Art and Social Justice.

Lynskey is always inspired and grateful to create theatre as social justice with her students (past and present) and with her longtime friend and colleague Professor Carol T. Day. Together they serve NSO each year using theatre (Directing and Devising Hoya RealTalk: The NSO Health Education Services Show) to teach all incoming students about consent, mental health, GU resources, and the import and impact of being a good bystander.

Susan also serves nationally on the Task Force for Theatre as Social Change and The Association For Theatre in Higher Education’s Actor Training Focus Group. In addition, she was appointed to serve on the Artistic Advisory Board of Imagination Stage. Her work as an Arts-In-Education consultant with the Educational Testing Service in Princeton helped to develop national guidelines for aptitude assessment in Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, and Dance (Grades 4, 8, and 12) for NAEP: “The Nation’s Report Card,” an effort to solidify the inclusion of these subjects in the curriculum of our public schools.

Professor Lynskey's areas of research and interest include acting pedagogy and praxis, intersections of disability and performance, universal design, new play development, gender and comedy, devised performance, and the reinvention of radio theatre for a new media context.

In addition, Ms. Lynskey is an award winning and Helen Hayes-nominated working professional actor. A member of Actor’s Equity, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), and The Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG), she performs regularly at Washington, DC-area theaters including The Kennedy Center, Center Stage, Round House, The Studio Theater, MetroStage, Signature Theater, and Arena Stage, where she is an Affiliated Artist and at the Olney Theatre Center, where she serves as an Associated Artist. Susan is also works frequently in film and television, and is a familiar voice on NPR, PBS, Graphic Audio and for the Library of Congress. Favorite performed roles include Linda Coffee in ROE, Myra in Ghost-Writer; Iris in The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl , Catherine in Proof, Mrs. Van Buren in Intimate Apparel; The Woman in The 39 Steps, Girleen in Cripple of Innishmaan, in Jackie in Hay Fever, Paulina in Winter's Tale, Loud Stone in Eurydice and Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, Poppy in Noises Off and The Queen in The BFG. ( To name just a few favorites)

Ms. Lynskey is dedicated to the development of new works for the stage and has spent more than fifteen years in support of national and regional artistic initiatives to foster new work including The Kennedy Center’s New/Visions/New Voices, KC Young Playwrights’ Workshop, ACTF, Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival, and Center Stage’s First Look Series. She also spent five years with the downstairs series at the Old Vat, at Arena Stage and. She current serves as faculty advisor for the Donn B. Murphy One Acts Festival at Georgetown University.

In March 2016, Lynskey was invited by Artistic Director Bill Rauch to be the newest Acting company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and to launch the world premiere of Lisa Loomer's ROE. ROE will run at OSF through October 2016, and tour nationally to Arena Stage and Berkeley Rep, Winter-Spring 2017.

As with her teaching Lynskey has received warm recognition for her acting: featured in American Theatre Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post ("Top Ten Actors to Watch"), The Washington Times, Washington Theater Review Magazine, and regional and local press. In addition to her Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play, Outstanding Supporting Actress, and Outstanding Ensemble Awards, she has received the Art and New Media Award for her radiotheatre work, and three Artist Fellowship Awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Ms. Lynskey holds a B.A. Honours from McGill University, an MFA from the University of Iowa, and a Certificate from the National Theatre School of Canada.

Languages: French, Latin, and ASL ( American Sign Language )