Susan Patrick Benson | Department of Theater | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Susan Patrick Benson

Associate Professor - Voice and Speech Specialist

Susan Patrick Benson

Office: Room 2236 - Communications Building
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-1892


MFA Acting Mason Gross School of the Arts - Rutgers University, 1995
BFA Acting/Directing Kent State University, 1986

Union Affiliations:

Actor's Equity Association, and SAG/AFTRAs


Voice, Movement, Speech/Dialects, Acting


Susan Patrick Benson recently made her stage debut at Play2C Theater in Berlin. Her NYC resume includes Ensemble Studio Theatre, Currican Theatre, HB Playwright's Foundation, LaMaMa ETC as well as annual appearances in the legendary Rev. Al Carmines' Christmas Rappings. Regional Theater work includes Luna Stage (Fastest Woman Alive) The Cleveland Play House (The Man Who Came to Dinner, Animal Farm), Karamu Theatre, Porthouse Theater (Inherit the Wind, Much Ado About Nothing), Strand Theatre in Galveston, Stamford Theater Works (A Coupla White Chicks...), The Public Theater of Maine (An Italian-American Reconciliation), and TheaterWorks of Hartford where she appeared in How I Learned to Drive and received a Connecticut Drama Critic's Outstanding Performance Award for her work in The Laramie Project. Favorite roles include Hedda Gabler, Charlotte Corday in Marat/Sade, and Laura Bush in the world premiere of Jean Claude Vanetelli’s Fear Itself. Susan performed in Pasty Cline, Mid Life Crisis and Steel Magnolias for McLeod Summer Playhouse. She produced, directed and acted in THE NEW PLAY SERIES at HB Playwrights Foundation Theatre, NYC and has directed numerous productions for SIU Theater. Her production of Dreamtrippin’ was selected for performance at KACTF 2007. A member of VASTA Ms. Patrick Benson taught at Weist-Barron School and HB Studio where she was head of the voice/speech department. She has coached dialects for numerous regional theatres and off Broadway productions, conducted workshops for ATHE, SETC, Visiting Theatre of Japan, Illinois High School Workshop, local theaters and conducted an international voice workshop for German Theatre Abroad (GTA) and is a recurring guest voice teacher for The Actor’s Space, Berlin.