Who We Are

Rachel Sussman (left) and Katherine M. Carter (right)

Katherine M. Carter (Co-Founding Artistic Director) is a stage director, and the co-founding Artist Director of the MITTEN Lab.  Recent: Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, New School for Drama, Joe’s Pub. Previous: Houston Grand Opera, Westport Country Playhouse, Boston Lyric Opera, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, New York Musical Festival, On Site Opera, The Little Orchestra Society, 3LD, NYU, and Wolf Trap Opera. Fellowships: New Georges, The Drama League, and Playwrights Horizons. 2019 Honored Finalist for Women in the Arts & Media Coalition with playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger. Upcoming: Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Carnegie Mellon University. www.KatherineMCarter.com


Rachel Sussman (Co-Founding Artistic Director), a native Michigander, is an NYC-based creative producer committed to cultivating dynamic, inclusive theatrical work through collaboration. From 2016-2018, she served as the Producing Artistic Director for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Rachel has also worked with such companies as Second Stage Theatre, RKO Stage Productions, Goodspeed Musicals' Mercer Colony, The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, and CREATE-Ireland in Dublin, Ireland. As an independent producer, she is represented on Broadway this spring with Pulitzer Prize finalist Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me. Recent: Eh Dah? Questions for My Father (Next Door @NYTW) and the Obie Award-winning The Woodsman (New World Stages/59E59). In development: a new musical about the American women’s suffrage movement by Shaina Taub. A former Women's Project Lab Time Warner Foundation Fellow, Rachel is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute (Fred Vogel Scholarship) and a University Honors Scholar alumna of NYU Tisch. She is the recipient of the 2019 Geraldine Stutz T. Fellowship in Creative Producing, founded by Hal Prince in conjunction with Columbia University. www.rachel-sussman.com


Lynn Spiro, President

Rachel Brosnahan

Lauren Berger

Madison Davidson

Kelsey Ross



Erin Anderson, Parallel 45 Theatre

Kevin Dodd, Activate Midwest: Play Festival

Maggie Keenan-Bolger, Honest Accomplice Theatre

Brad and Amanda Kik, Crosshatch

Kit McKay, Parallel 45 Theatre

Emilio Rodriguez, Black and Brown Theatre

Alexandra Silber, Actress and Author

Samantha White, Shakespeare in Detroit

Denise Whitehead, Couzens Lansky

Sarah Winkler, Detroit Public Theatre


The MITTEN Lab is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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