Music Theatre


Victoria Bussert

Director of the Music Theatre program

M.F.A., M.A., Northwestern University
B.A., magna cum laude, Barat College

Ms. Bussert is currently a Resident Director at Great Lakes Theatre Festival. She has been a guest faculty member at North Carolina School for the Arts and Northwestern University.  Her academic service includes serving as a curriculum consultant, director of music theatre workshops, and guest lecturer.

Victoria's directing credits include:


Manhattan Theatre Club, New World Stages, York Theatre, NY Dance Theatre Workshop


Goodspeed Opera, Portland Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pegasus Players, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts, PlayhouseSquare and Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

National Tours:

Into the Woods, Barnum, Once on this Island, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Secret Garden, Guys and Dolls, The Who's Tommy.


[title of show] - European Premiere

Avenue Q - Danish Premiere - Reumert Award Nominee

Friar Tuck - Russia

The Who's Tommy - Brazil

Bubbling Brown Sugar - Africa


Anchorage Opera, Skylight Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Piedmont Opera, Cleveland Opera

New Music Theatre Development:

Rent / La Boheme - first ever in-repertory performances, Baldwin Wallace University (all performances to sold out audiences, February 2011)

National Music Theatre Conference: directed and developed The Gig, The Passion of Lizzie Borden, and Willie and Rupert

National Alliance of Musical Theatre: directed The Break-up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical and Factory Girls, Lizzie Bordon, The Circus in Winter

Future Directing Projects:

Next to Normal - Beck Center for the Arts

Sweeny Todd - Idaho Shakespeare Festival/Great Lake Theatre

Les Miserable - New London Barn Theatre

Recent Awards:

2012 Cleveland Critics Award for Best Director - Spring Awakening

2012 BroadwayWorld Best Director - Sonheim on Sondheim




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