Professor Emeritus of Theatre
Susan Mason teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in theatre history, world theatre, dramatic structure and criticism. She joined the faculty at CSULA in 1989 and retired in 2011.
Dr. Mason is an Ibsen scholar and a professional dramaturg. She worked in Dramaturgy and Literary at Yale Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and the Los Angeles Theatre Center prior to joining the faculty at CSULA. She was a Fulbright lecturer in American Studies at Tsuda College and Kyoritsu College in Tokyo in 2009 and at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1993. She has also taught at Reed College and CSU, Sacramento and Northridge with classes in acting, voice, and theatre history. She was a guest lecturer for a term at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and AHA International Programs in Siena, Italy.
Dr. Mason has published about twenty-five journal articles and book chapters on international theatre and a book on popular political theatre: The San Francisco Mime Troupe Reader. She was Performance Review Editor of Theatre Journal for three years. Her current research is on actresses who have played Nora in A Doll House all over the world and on the family plays of Richard Nelson.
Dr. Mason was recognized for excellence in teaching with the Outstanding Professor Award in 2008. She was the principal advisor for the MA in Theatre for about twenty years and chaired numerous MA theses. She was Acting Chair of Theatre Arts and Dance from 1996 to 1999. She is an active member of the American Ibsen Society and Japan Studies Association.
Dr. Mason held a McKnight Fellowship in acting at the University of Minnesota. She studied acting with Stella Adler, and voice with Zoe Alexander, Chuck Jones and Brent Blair. She was a post-doctoral student in dramaturgy at the Yale School of Drama where she studied criticism with Stanley Kauffmann and Richard Gilman. Her PhD is from the University of Oregon with a dissertation examining how Ibsen changed acting.