Susan Bertoia is a Vancouver based professional theatre actor, teacher and practitioner. She also serves as a Speech Arts adjudicator at festivals and as an artist in residence at many schools in the province. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from UBC and has advanced studies in commedia dell’arte and movement-based theatre from institutions in Canada and Italy. Her unique and fun approach to teaching theatre classics of commedia dell’arte and mask, make her a well sought out teacher both in secondary schools and universities.
As a performer she has worked with Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre, Kamloops’ Western Canada Theatre, The Richmond Gateway Theatre and many other well-established theatre companies. Susan also devises and writes her own solo shows; youth theatre shows and entertaining productions for her company BellaLuna. Her recent accolades include: The Vancouver Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role and The Gordon Armstrong Theatre Artist Award. Susan is Artistic Director of Vancouver’s only Italian-Canadian theatre company BellaLuna Productions and is mom to three fantastic kids!