Susan Crabtree

Scenic Art & Scene PaintingSchool of Design and Production
Susan Crabtree

Susan Crabtree, an author and an award-winning scenic designer with three decades of teaching experience, is the director of Scenic Art. Crabtree has co-authored three scenic art textbooks and is collaborating on a book about scene painting technique and pedagogy. Along with her M.A. and B.A., Crabtree has completed coursework in the Ph.D. program in theater history at the University of Colorado. 


  • Co-author of “Scenic Art for the Theatre: History, Tools and Techniques”
  • Previously taught at Colorado State University, Brandeis University, the University of Michigan, the University of Arkansas, Metro State University and Santa Chiara Study Center in Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy.

Career Highlights

  • Professional scenic design experience includes “The Nutcracker” for On Point Academy in Des Moines, Iowa, and for Boulder (Colorado) Ballet; work for The Local Theater Company in Boulder; the University of Denver, Colorado State University, and Curious Theatre Company in Denver; Bas Bleu Theatre Company in Fort Collins, Colo.; and the University of Michigan. 

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Best Scenic Design of the Season award from the Colorado Theatre Guild
  • Three scenic design awards from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


M.A.University of Northern Colorado

B.A.University of Northern Colorado