Susan K. Berkompas ( Producing Artistic Director / Department Chair ) B.F.A./M.F.A. in Acting and Directing. She is the recipient of the KCACTF award for Excellence in Education and serves as the Irene Ryan Coordinator for KCACTF, Region 8. Susan is an alumnus of Directors Lab West and has studied Shakespeare with John Barton at the British American Drama Academy. She is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of American Coast Theater Company. Sue has directed such shows as Othello; The Boys Next Door; Macbeth; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible and Bullshot Crummond. Her favorite roles are Blanche from A Streetcar Named Desire; Eleanor from Lion in Winter; and Desdemona from Othello.