Susan Gartell

MFA Candidate

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona Susan enjoyed sixteen years in the world of professional ballet, thirteen-year of which was spent at Milwaukee Ballet.  During her time there her favorite roles included Ophelia in Stephen Mills production of Hamlet, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Wendy in Michael Pink’s Peter Pan, and Claudia, a role created for her in Michael Pink’s Mirror Mirror, and the Red Queen in Septime Weber’s Alice in Wonderland. Ms. Gartell was delighted to be invited as a guest artist with the Sacramento Ballet performing the role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake in 2015. She also performed with choreographic completion winner Petr Zahradnicek in Palm Dessert at the McCallum Theatre for four years, was a member of the Traverse City Dance Project for two years, and has performed with Paradise Ballet Theatre in their production of the Nutcracker for the past several years. In 2016, Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee with a degree in Political Science. She joined Wisconsin Conservation Voters, working to pass environmentally sound policy in Wisconsin before joining the graduate program at the University of Utah.