Susan sings, acts, and directs with a focus on the intersection of storytelling and musical performance. She fell in love with the possibilities of story at the Piven Theatre Workshop where she has directed, adapted, and taught for the past 22 years. She has taken her skills as a writer and director to The Piven Theatre, The Waters Project, 2nd Story, and CUBE. She is passionate about the development of vocal artists and has worked within the music schools and development programs of DePaul University, The Chicago College of Performing Arts, and The Santa Fe Opera.
As a self-proclaimed Sha-woman, soprano Brittany Loewen has found a happy home in the village of Forte Chicago, where she acts as secretary, prop master, and social media coordinator. Brittany also performs with Chicago Opera Theater and Opera on Tap Chicago. She holds a Performance Diploma and a Master of Music degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Jacobs School of a Music at Indiana University.
Composer/pianist Heidi Joosten is thrilled to be working with the ladies of Forte!! When the feet of her dramatic six-year-old self first hit the stage, she knew from that point on that she wanted to tell stories through music and theatre. She began rehearsal accompanying stage productions at age 15 and music directing at 18. Heidi’s dramatic compositions have been performed nationwide, and she looks forward to expanding her repertoire through her collaboration with Forte. Heidi will be finishing her MM in Composition at Roosevelt University in May 2016