Professor and head of the Music Theatre Program
M.F.A., M.A., Northwestern University
B.A., magna cum laude, Barat College
Ms. Bussert is currently the Resident Director of the Great Lakes Theatre Festival and the Artistic Director of Cain Park. She has been a guest faculty member at North Carolina School for the Arts and Northwestern University.
Victoria's directing credits include:
Off-Broadway - Manhattan Theatre Club, New World Stages, York Theatre, NY Dance Theatre Workshop
Regional - 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 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.
Opera: Anchorage Opera, Skylight Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Piedmont Opera, Cleveland Opera
New Music Theatre Development:
National Music Theatre Conference: Directed and developed three new musicals: The Gig, The Passion of Lizzie Borden, Willie and Rupert
National Alliance of Musical Theatres: Directed The Break-up Notebook
Currently serves as co-chair of the NAMT Festival of New Works
Future Directing Projects:
Into the Woods - Great Lakes Theatre Festival, October/November 2008
Christmas Carol - 20th Anniversary Production, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, December 2008
I Love You Because - Cleveland Premiere, Broadway Theatre Series, Playhouse Square, January - May 2009
Grey Gardens - Cleveland Premiere, Beck Center for the Arts, February - March 2009
New York Senior Showcase - April 2009
Make Me a Song - Regional Premiere, Baldwin Wallace/Playhouse Square - April/May 2009
Summer 2009 - Cain Park, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, New London Barn Theatre
Her academic service includes serving as a curriculum consultant, director of music theatre workshops, and guest lecturer.