Susan Stauter is currently the Artistic Director for the San Francisco Unified School District. She was instrumental in creating the Arts Education Master Plan, promising equity and access for all students during the curricular day. Susan Stauter designs and presents keynotes and workshops, consulting nationally and internationally in all areas of arts education. She was one of the readers for the audio version of Richard Florida's best selling Rise of the Creative Class and was named public reader for the 2009 K-12 Drama/Theatre Standards for the State of Colorado. She has worked as a writer/director for Disney, Anaheim and as a consultant to the Grammy Foundation in Santa Monica. She was named Founding Chair of the Theatre Department of the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts and went on to serve as Conservatory Director for the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Ms Stauter has won numerous awards, including the San Francisco Ballet's Choose to Move Award, the Leap Award for Excellence in Arts Education and in January 2011 a Founder's Award from the International Arts Schools Network. Among the organizations where she has presented keynotes and workshops are the New World Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Theatre Educators of America, the Ten Chimneys Foundation, The Tennessee Arts Academy, the Vienna Concerthaus, the Small Schools of New Zealand (named Visiting Scholar in Creativity), and the Leonard Bernstein Center for Arts Education, where she continues to consult as a lead teacher/trainer. Susan Stauter presents workshops on public speaking for the U.C. Berkeley Principal Leadership Institute and works as a private coach. In May of 2011 she will once again lead a workshop on the importance of arts and culture for Leadership, San Ramon at Tao House. Susan Stauter is the mother of designer Jeanine Payer.
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