Susan Gay Hyatt's background includes a BFA in Theatre, an MFA in Acting, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction focused on arts education. She is a member of Actors' Equity and worked as a professional actor for ten years while simultaneously working as a teaching artist with the Center for Creative Education. Susan spent seven years at Florida Stage as the Director of Education, where she created a series of drama and dramatic writing programs, including CHILDREN OF CONFLICT, an international, web-based collaboration among young people in West Palm Beach, Florida; Kigali, Rwanda; Prishtina, Kosovo, and Johannesburg, South Africa; the collaboration culminated in the creation and staging of two multimedia performance pieces. In 2008, she co-founded Blue Planet Writers' Room, a non-profit creative writing center that places teaching-writers and teaching-artists in afterschool and in-school residencies, where they integrate the arts and international collaboration into writing and reading workshops. Susan has taught as an adjunct faculty member at both Lynn University and Florida Atlantic University, and was Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, a service organization that promotes international collaboration and professional theatre for children and young people.