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Carmen Crussard


A uniquely insightful, stage savvy and immensely talented actor, director and instructor, Carmen Crussard directs Which Way to the Stage for Theatre Conspiracy.

On the acting side, she has portrayed the Witch in Into the Woods for The Belle Theatre, Seneca Howland in Men on Boats for Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts, Pocahontas in The Lab’s SoDis Theatre filmed theatrical production of Disenchanted, A New Musical Comedy and Conchita in The Lab’s production of Anna in the Tropics.

On the other side of the boards, Carmen has directed Mitch Albom’s And the Winner Is …., The Musical Comedy Murders of the 1940s, The Smell of the Kill, Play On!, Scrooge TV: A Modern Christmas Carol and The Second Book of Ruth, all for Laboratory Theater of Florida. (She was also Assistant Director for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.)

Other directorial credits include Lauren Yee’s The Hatmaker’s Wife (Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts), Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr., Wizard of Oz and The Addams Family.

In her capacity as the Alliance for the Arts’ Youth Theatre Director since 2012, Carmen has directed such wondrously ambitious, wonderfully-staged and densely-packed musical productions as The Addams Family, Pippin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Calvin Berger, Monty Python’s Spamalot the Musical, Heathers the Musical, Almost, Maine, Peter Pan, Jr. and Xanadu, Jr.

Carmen also works full-time as the Theatre Director at Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts, where she most recently directed Holiday Inn.

While bringing out the best in adult actors may indeed be satisfying, what makes Carmen’s heart skip a beat is helping children develop into young actors, directors and stage hands. She genuinely enjoys working with kids of all ages and talent levels.

Carmen is also a fledgling playwright. In this capacity, she participated in the First, Second and Sixth Annual Lab Theater 24-Hour Playwriting Challenge, winning the Judge’s Choice Award in the inaugural year.

July 17, 2019; revised December 29, 2023.

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