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Susan Einhorn Papers

Identifier: BC20-51

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collections holds directorial materials from nine productions (1981-2011) led by Einhorn. Specifically, these materials include working scripts and libretto, scene breakdowns, casting breakdowns, set storyboards, pre-set charts and scene change charts, blocking charts, prop lists, sound and light cues, research notes, set images and visual research, notes to actors, playwrights' notes, director's notes, rehearsal schedules, posters, press releases, programs, and reviews. Additionally, Einhorn's bound MFA thesis (1972) is included in this collection.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

This collection has no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Biographical Summary

Susan Einhorn is a professional theatre director of over 90 productions of international and American classics and premieres of new plays, musicals, and operas. These productions were performed at New York City theatres (such as Promenade, Circle in the Square, Westside, Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyeard, La MaMa, Open Space, and Theater for the New City) as well as prominent regional theatres (Pittsburgh Public, Syracuse Stage, Arena Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Studio Theatre, and Whole Theatre).

Einhorn graduated cum laude from Barnard College in 1969 with honors in French and English. Though she attended prior to the creation of Barnard's theatre major, her theatrical career began after directing a project at the College's Minor Latham Playhouse. She proceeded to receive her MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College in 1972.

Einhorn remained an active educator concurrent to her directorial career. She taught theatre for 38 years at Queens College while serving as head of the acting program. She also served as the Drama, Theater, and Dance department chair for three years, created all of the acting courses in the drama curriculum, and directed 27 productions at the College. While she has retired as a college professor, she continues to work as a freelance director.


1.42 Linear Feet (Three document boxes)




Susan Einhorn is a Barnard alum (class of 1969), theatre director, and educator who has directed plays off-Broadway, off-off Broadway, and at major regional theaters across the U.S. over a span of more than 30 years. This collection contains her preparatory materials for nine of those productions, as well as a copy of her master's thesis, completed in 1972 in fulfillment of her MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College. Einhorn directed the original productions of Finding Claire, Making Book, Starry Messenger, and Spare Parts, as noted in the introductory pages of the published plays.

Collection Arrangement

This collection was received with materials organized by production and the original arrangement has been maintained. Productions are organized chronologically within boxes.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Susan Einhorn, 2019.


Published articles that were not about the productions and contained no notation were removed from this collection.


Accruals are not presently expected.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2024 by Adia Augustin. The finding aid was established in 2019 by Hilary Wang, and completed in 2024 by Adia Augustin (with assistance from Susan Einhorn's inventory and personal summary).

Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

Finding aid written in English.

Guide to the Susan Einhorn Papers
Hilary Wang, Adia Augustin
2019, 2024
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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