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The First Time
Austin artists reveal the intimate details of how they got their muse on
Arts Story  July 17, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Their stories may be found here. – Robert Faires Susan Branch Towne..."

Zach Theatre's A Christmas Carol
This slick and polished musical adaptation of the Dickens classic serves up holiday cheer in abundance
Arts Review  December 21, 2017, by Shanon Weaver
"...Lavallee's stage features flawless automation, making for seamless transitions and enhanced choreography by Christa Oliver. Sarah EC Maines' atmospheric lighting highlights Susan Branch Towne's period-perfect Victorian costumes, along with Serret Jensen's often dazzling hair and makeup...."

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
This gangster spectacle based on Hitler's rise feels more than timely in the current election year
Arts Review  October 6, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Adding to the charged atmosphere are the richly dramatic lighting by Natalie George, ominous sound design by K. Eliot Haynes, and even the exceedingly handsome Thirties-era costumes by Susan Branch Towne: The actors wear their pinstriped suits like armor, their fedoras like helmets essential for battle...."

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's She Loves Me
This production at St. Edward's University knows just how to bring forth this modest musical's many charms
Arts Review  April 14, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...That it all happens here in such small but carefully crafted moments, strung together by Peter Stopschinski's joyful music direction, Leilah Stewart's clever set-pieces, Susan Branch Towne's elegant outfits, Allison Lowery's hair designs, and Natalie George's warm lights, is so endearing. It makes this staging what Amalia eventually makes of that unassuming little box: It's a gift. She Loves MeMary Moody Northen Theatre at St..."

Sophisticated Ladies
Zach Theatre's revival of this Ellington revue is just like Sir Duke's music: elegant and wildly entertaining
Arts Review  July 30, 2015, by Elissa Russell
"...Michelle Habeck's soft and romantic lighting paired perfectly with Susan Branch Towne's gorgeous costumes, making the production as compelling visually as it was aurally. For both the eye and ear, this Sophisticated Ladies is just like the inimitable music of Duke Ellington: equally elegant and wildly entertaining. Sophisticated LadiesZach Topfer Theatre, 202 S..."

The Robber Bridegroom
With its fairy-tale trappings and bluegrass score, this is the chicken and waffles of musicals
Arts Review  April 23, 2015, by Elissa Russell
"...Ed's faces who keep the energy consistently high, use their space wisely, and remain engaged throughout the performance. Visually, Susan Branch Towne's costumes take the production to new heights; her creativity and fun with the project is evident in each piece..."

Director's Choice
Jennifer Hart's first commission for Ballet Austin was this triple bill's highlight
Arts Review  April 2, 2015, by Jonelle Seitz
"...In an introductory video, Hart described the work as having to do with the way our bodies become maps, or records, of our lives. To Gavin Bryars' cello concerto Farewell to Philosophy, 10 dancers in brightly patterned costumes (by Susan Branch Towne) pulsed and bloomed as video projections (by the projection mapping company Blue Pony) of florals and greenery towered over them on three sides..."

A Christmas Carol
Zach Theatre's musical mashup of Christmases Past and Present puts bumps in Scrooge's journey
Arts Review  December 18, 2014, by Elissa Russell
"...As Austinites have come to expect from Zach, the production values here are top-notch. Susan Branch Towne contributes elaborate period costumes with a smart modern flair..."

The melancholy Dane gets fierce in this most professional staging by Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Arts Review  November 20, 2014, by Elissa Russell
"...The technical aspects also exude professionalism. The costumes by Susan Branch Towne and lighting by Kathryn Eader are exquisite, both adding aesthetic touches that enhance the production..."

The Glass Project
The music of Philip Glass in the three works of Ballet Austin's program provided more thread than theme
Arts Review  February 21, 2014, by Jonelle Seitz
"...Set to a recording of Glass' Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, the dancers, cold neoclassical pinups and cavaliers, seemed to look for luxury in the wrong parts of the music. In Susan Branch Towne's teal costumes wrapped with day-glo spirals, the women bouréed to jiggle their Frisbee tutus, while the men did their best to match the regal in the music despite their cartoonish unitards...."

Tina Howe's satirical study of the people viewing a contemporary art exhibit becomes a fast, over-the-top romp at St. Ed's
Arts Review  October 4, 2013, by Adam Roberts
"...Long. Susan Branch Towne's costumes play their own characters, doing as much to drive home the ridiculous stereotypes as the actors who wear them..."

One Night With Janis Joplin
Zach makes this soulful portrait of the blues-rock queen an exhilarating concert that'll have you on your feet
Arts Review  August 2, 2013, by Jillian Owens
"...She is, in a word, outstanding. From Nina Simone to Etta James and Aretha Franklin, Mann (aided by Susan Branch Towne's glamorous costumes) embodies the sorrow and joy of the blues world that so enchanted Janis Joplin...."

The fascinating character of Truman Capote drives this thoughtful evening of theatre
Arts Review  January 25, 2013, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...In Tru, we catch an occasional glimpse of the famous chapeau-and-glasses look that Capote made so much his own, as well as a few more flamboyant costume pieces (designed by Susan Branch Towne). The lighting design (from Jason Amato) lacks subtlety, highlighting each intimate moment with a noticeable downward shift, and the set (from Michael Raiford) seems as though it might have accomplished more in presenting the 1970s home of a collector..."

Top 10 Designer Contributions of 2012
Celebrating the year's most exquisite – and often surprising – stage designs
Arts Story  January 4, 2013, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...10) SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE'S COSTUMES FOR 'XANADU' (Zach Theatre) The centaur is what did it...."

Zach Theatre renders the musical with a sweep befitting its grand scale
Arts Review  November 2, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...This greater space they move in also makes more room, literally, for the epic gesture or backdrop – designer Michael Raiford's monumental Morgan Library mural or the upside-down, chained Houdini lowered from the flies. The scale encourages a greater lushness in Jason Amato's lighting and Susan Branch Towne's costumes..."

The stage version of the 1980 film is ridiculous – and a ridiculous amount of fun
Arts Review  August 10, 2012, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...Metaphors with chintzy household decorations aside, Xanadu also features fun costumes (designed by Susan Branch Towne), although it does not feature as much roller skating as you might expect. What skating there is is fun, and who knew that, among her many other talents showcased on Austin stages for years now, Jill Blackwood also has very nice dexterity on skates? Some of the choreography from guest director Nick Demos is a touch lackluster, but overall the production is enthusiastically exuberant...."

The Sound of Music
The Hillside comes alive with a joyful production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic
Arts Story  July 20, 2012, by Jillian Owens
"...We fell silent as some dozen nuns sang adulations in spectacular harmony and cheered as the "Lonely Goatherd" fouettéyed center stage. We cooed when the children entered in their matching curtain outfits (just one example of Susan Branch Towne's triumphant costumes), and we melted as the Captain (the immaculate Joshua Denning) sang the heartbreaking "Edelweiss," flanked by Nazi soldiers and looming red mountains..."

The Crucible
St. Ed's stages a chilling version of Arthur Miller's indictment of McCarthyism
Arts Review  February 24, 2012, by Jillian Owens
"...The technical aspects of the St. Edward's production converge seamlessly to give life to this bleak world, with strikingly simple scenic design by Christopher McCollum – sturdy, versatile wood tables and benches that complement Susan Branch Towne's rich, detailed period costumes..."

Top 10 Theatrical Delights of the Latter Half of 2011
Recapping the fightin', spoonin', boppin' stage sensations of 2011's summer and fall
Arts Story  January 6, 2012, by Jillian Owens

The Magic Flute
This new balletic adaptation boasted fantastic visuals but stodgy choreography
Arts Review  May 13, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
"...Costumes by Susan Branch Towne were at times wonderful, especially the birds' tutus (she accentuated the duck-butt quality of the standard tutu by charmingly flipping them up in the back), the animals' headpieces, and understated, safari-styled outfits. Papageno and Papagena wore zany avian-inspired outfits that also seemed rich and complete..."

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