Do good work.
Susan Brownfield and Richard Brown have collaborated on several projects and through the process of working together discovered that they had similar goals in mind - to do good work. Boutique Theatre Basel was the result of that discovery. The pieces that are chosen for production are curated and carefully selected for their uniqueness and value.
Update: It is with heavy hearts that we share that Richard Brown passed away suddenly on July 3rd, 2022. He leaves behind three daughters. Richard was a man of character, depth, and intelligence. He was an integral part of the Basel theatre community spanning decades. His presence was felt in all areas of theatrical life. He was reliable, knowledgeable, kind, and trustworthy. To say that he will be missed does not come close to fully fathoming the impact he left on the community. We miss you, Richard. We love you. Rest well.
Susan received her training at the University of Oregon and New England Conservatory in Boston. A versatile artist, Susan has been singing, acting and teaching for over 20 years. Susan began her directing debut as the head of the Opera Workshop program at Clark University in Massachusetts, USA. After leaving her stint at Clark University, Susan went on to serve on the faculty at Bates College in Maine, USA.
Teaching and performing are both important to Susan. She maintains an active performing schedule here in Basel while also teaching in her private studio and at the Bilingual Kids Academy. She has directed numerous children’s choirs and enjoys working with young people. Susan also serves on the Management Board of the Ardenza Foundation (BG).
Susan has directed song workshops and recently performed in and co-directed the Sondheim revue, Side by Side by Sondheim.
In addition to his collaboration with Susan in Boutique Theatre Basel, Richard is president of the Basel English Panto which performs to around 2,000 people each December at the Scala Basel. He was the president of the Semi-Circle from 2010-14. He has produced or directed numerous musicals and plays including RENT, Beauty and the Beast, Young King Arthur, Shadow Box, Harold Pinter's Night, Top Girls, Jerry Springer is God, and Zoo Story. These productions were staged in various theatres including the Scala Basel, Theater Arlecchino, Theater Rampe and the Berufsfachschule Basel. With Grassroots Theatre, Richard produced Side by Side by Sondheim in the Safe blackbox theatre at unternehmen Mitte. Richard has appeared in numerous plays as well as playing bass in several rocks bands in the Basel area. He has provided stage management and lighting and sound support for the Yardbird Theatre, Semi-Circle and for the Vagina Monologues.