Susan May Hawley graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1990 and, before taking up the full time position of Lecturer in Stage Management in 2011, enjoyed a long and varied career in theatre, musical theatre, event and site specific work and more recently as head of stage management for Scottish Ballet. As a practitioner Susan May has staged world premières and high profile galas as well as having been a touring stage manager to all the major cities across the UK and Ireland and has worked on small scale touring and community theatre to all the smaller places in between!

She has also toured extensively across Europe, America and China and been a guest lecturer and workshop facilitator on many projects throughout her career.