Susan Grace Threadgill
4/28/1960 – 10/3/2021
The Austin theatre community honors the life, work and good humor of Susan Grace Threadgill, a true friend of the arts. Services are Friday, October 8, 2021 in Henderson, Texas. Her complete obituary can be read here. In lieu of flowers, Susan's family requests donations to Orange Santa at UT Austin. Please designate your gift In Memory of Susan Threadgill.
Susan was a legendary Austin stage manager, affectionally known as “She Who Must Be Obeyed.” She served as production stage manager for the Austin Lyric Opera for 22 years. She became Associate Director and then Director of Production for University Events at UT Austin, where she managed hundreds of important events for a decade. In 2014, Susan received the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology's Distinguished Achievement Award in Management. She freelanced for Austin Symphony, Austin Shakespeare, Zilker Theatre Productions, and Conspirare, and served as production stage manager for the UT PAC (now Texas Performing Arts). Over the course of her career, Susan served as production manager for at least 50 opera performances, 20 musicals, and 8 Shakespeare plays.
During her 38-year career, she wore many hats: actor, technician, stage manager, production manager, producer, director, combat choreographer, librettist, and playwright. She recalled most fondly the projects that allowed her to marry the arts with education, mentoring young technicians, managers, and performers as they took their first steps on the paths to their own careers. Colleagues and performers knew her as a dedicated, competent professional who ran a tight ship, and tempered strictness with kindness, integrity, a strong sense of caring, and a lot of fun. Those lucky enough to know or work with Susan will forever hear her voice, full of playful thunder, shoo the company home at the end of each rehearsal, “Flee! Be gone!”
Susan would have become instantly flushed at all this attention. If she were here, she would surely say, “Alllllright, Get Back To Work!” Yes ma’am, Susan. Places, everyone. May we value the goodness in each other every day we are here — as Susan did.