Emma Suttell

Emma Suttell Emma Suttell is a sophomore in Phoenix, Arizona who is actively involved in the theatre community and journalism industry. She has been performing since 2009 and is an NYA, BWW Regional Award and AYAA Nominee, totaling in over 30 stage productions. She can also be found working behind the scenes as a volunteer stage manager for musicals featuring children ages 6-11. Aside from writing for, she is a Channel Kindness Reporter for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. She is also a part of the blog team for, a contributing writer for 85086 magazine, and a high school ambassador for HerCampus. You can find more of her work on Instagram @andthenemma, or at



BWW Previews: THE HOBBIT at Valley Youth Theatre
February 5, 2018

THE HOBBIT, Valley Youth Theatre's fourth show of the season, opens on February 9th and runs through February 25th. Sponsored by Valley Toyota Dealers, THE HOBBIT was written by Patricia Gray, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic children's novel.

BWW Previews: JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Christian Youth Theater Phoenix
February 1, 2018

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, Christian Youth Theater's second show of the season, opens on February 2nd and runs through February 11th. The show will be performed at the Mesa Arts Center in the Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse.

BWW Interview: Hazel White of THE LITTLE MERMAID JR at Sandra Day O'Connor High School
January 27, 2018

Hazel White, a junior at Sandra Day O'Connor High School, took a "dive" into the aquatic kingdom of King Triton to stage-manage THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. this Spring. I had the privilege to ask her about her experience as a stage manager of a high school production, in hopes that maybe some of BroadwayWorld's readers will give the technical side of theatre a try! Hazel earned the opportunity to stage manage her first show when she asked Little Mermaid's Director, Miss. F, if she could help with the show. After spending her high school career "climbing the ranks" in the technical theatre department, she had just wrapped up stage managing a summer show at the school. Miss. F knew that it was Hazel's time to step up as the official stage manager, and so she accepted the position. Without further ado- here are some of Hazel's memories, responsibilities, and fun facts about her stage managing experience!

BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre Opens the Humorous MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT
January 14, 2018

Desert Stages Theatre opened MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT this Friday, January 12th, a musical cited as lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Directed by Dan Ashlock Jr., this comedy had the audience roaring with laughter, eyes brimmed with tears.

BWW Preview: CHARLOTTE'S WEB at Desert Foothills Youth Theater
January 10, 2018

CHARLOTTE'S WEB, a play described as a fun, silly, and heartwarming by several cast members, opens January 12th at Desert Foothills Youth Theater.

January 10, 2018

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, Theater Works YouthWorks' second show of the season, opens on January 12th and runs through January 28th. The show will be performed at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts in the Gyder Theater.

BWW Review: THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is a Holiday Hit at Spotlight Youth Theatre
December 18, 2017

Continuing an annual tradition this holiday season, Spotlight Youth Theatre features 70 children sorted into three separate casts for their annual no-cut production of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER.

BWW Review: Desert Stages Theatre's NUNCRACKERS is a Hilarious Holiday Musical
December 9, 2017

NUNCRACKERS features a fantastically innovative, combined cast of adults and children who are vividly energetic and jump on each comedic opportunity given to them. The show is a spinoff of NUNSENSE, but showcases the convent during Christmas-Time, since they have decided to host their own Christmas special.

BWW Review: Childsplay Presents a Perfect Show for Younger Ones This Holiday, GO, DOG. GO!
December 9, 2017

Childsplay Theatre does a spectacular job of introducing the art of theatre to younger generations through their colorful, energetic, and playful production of GO, DOG. GO! Even though the show is recommended for younger audience members and is based on a children's book, it is greatly enjoyable for children of all ages and their family members.

BWW Review: A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL is a Family Favorite at Valley Youth Theatre
December 4, 2017

Valley Youth Theatre's 29th annual production of A WINNIE-THE-POOH CHRISTMAS TAIL is the perfect show to celebrate the holidays with children and family of all ages. Set in the Hundred Acre Wood, Pooh and his friends set out on a mission to make their friend Eeyore happy for the holidays, searching for his missing tail in the process.

BWW Review: PETER PAN is Pure Magic at Desert Stages Theatre
November 20, 2017

Upon first sight of Desert Stages Theatre's PETER PAN, the view is spectacular. From a dazzling lobby to a beautiful and multileveled set, the show is well put together at first glance. The ambiance of the theatre is filled with music that makes the audience feel as if they are in Neverland from the minute they enter the venue.

BWW Interview: Lance Gharavi of ASU's School of Film, Dance And Theatre, Including a Look at This Season
October 27, 2017

Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to interview Dr. Lance Gharavi, the Artistic Director of ASU's Theatre Department. He is an extremely wise man that heavily emphasizes the influence of diverse voices in the theatre department, a topic that has become extremely relevant in the past couple of weeks.

BWW Review: PIPPIN at Spotlight Youth Theatre Cannot Be Missed This Fall
October 25, 2017

Spotlight Youth Theatre's PIPPIN easily exceeds all expectations for a youth production. A cast constructed of 24 award winners, nominees, and experienced youth, the talent could not be more amusing and breathtaking.

Review: HAIRSPRAY Stuns Audiences at Desert Stages Theatre
October 17, 2017

Bold, bright, and breathtaking can all be used to describe Desert Stage's production of HAIRSPRAY, an amusing show starring a mix of 31 spectacular performers.

BWW Review: Valley Youth Theatre Presents SHREK THE MUSICAL
September 2, 2017

I have to admit, I had been counting down the days to see VYT's Shrek The Musical. Ever since seeing Wizard of Oz back in June, I had been itching to see another one of the Phoenix youth theatre's spectacular, cutting-edge shows.

BWW Blog: Awards, Nominations, and Casting? Emma Suttell's Reflection on Her 2016-17 Season
August 6, 2017

With a summer that quickly flew by, and a new season approaching, I decided that now would be a good time to take a quick break from my usual interviews and talk a bit about what I've been up to this past season.

BWW Interview: Mackenna Goodrich of ARIZONA YOUNG ACTOR'S ALLIANCE
July 23, 2017

Mackenna Goodrich, founder of Arizona Young Actor's Alliance, and host of the AYAA Awards, is an Ohio college student majoring in drama. She started theatre at the age of six, in a production of The Frog Prince in Montana. While playing a 'venus fly trap' she got to 'hang backstage and eat snacks'. She continued theatre through high school, and started directing shows her sophomore year of high school at Hamilton High School.

July 9, 2017

When it comes to seeing high school theatre productions, some do not receive nearly as much credit and publicity as they deserve. It is so for Sandra Day O'Connor High School's How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, directed by Toni Fioramonti. The production was put together in a short period of only five weeks, with about twenty rehearsals total, however, you would have never been able to tell from the overall splendor of the production.

BWW Feature: Cast of SDOHS HOW TO SUCCEED Choreographs, Blocks, and Designs Their Way to Opening Weekend!
July 5, 2017

As Sandra Day O'Connor High School's Summer Intensive comes to an end, it means that their production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying debuts in less than one week! Their shows are Friday and Saturday (July 7th and 8th) at 2:00pm, and an additional show on Friday at 6:30pm. and the cost of tickets is completely free! Junior Cat Birkenfeld advises to "make sure that if you attend the show you get there in plenty of time! Our summer shows are free and usually have a big turnout!"

BWW Feature: Finishing Act One with HOW TO SUCCEED at SDOHS
June 26, 2017

The cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Sandra Day O'Connor High School has set aside another week of rehearsals as they come close to finishing act one! Producing the show has proven to be quite a feat, as the students are putting together a full-length musical in only five weeks!