Music Associate Professor of Music and Music Education
Meg Bussert teaches Acting and Music Theatre Studies for Vocal Performance. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors' Guild, and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. Her affiliations include the Michael Chekhov Association, the Actors' Work Program, and a founding member in the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance-International in which she has served as the National Vice-President of Conferences for the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance-International (MTEA). Meg has organized the MTEA conferences in Austin, TX in 2011 (University of Texas), the Internalional Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2011 (University of Gothenburg and the Ballettakadeim), in New York City in 2012 (NYU Steinhardt), in St. Louis in 2013 (Webster University), and New York City in 2014 (NYU Steinhardt). As guest arttist faculty in residence, Meg has visited The Arts Academy, University of Ballarat, Australia and the Danish Musical Theatre Academy, Fredericia, DK. She is a specialist in the Michael Chekhov techniques as applied to the singing actor.
Meg's industry honors include a Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical as Fiona in the acclaimed 1980 Broadway revival of Brigadoon (director, Vivian Matalon, choreographer, Agnes DeMille). Meg won a Theatre World Award for playing Marian Paroo opposite Dick Van Dyke in the Broadway revival of The Music Man (director, Michael Kidd). She played Queen Guenevere opposite Richard Harris in a major Broadway revival of Camelot that was subsequently taped for Home Box Office earning her acclaim on Cable TV (Ace Award nomination, 1982). She frequently appears in regional productions of The Sound of Music as the Mother Abbess (Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Sacramento's Music Circus, Ogunquit Playhouse). Recently she played Fay Templeton in George M (Surflight).
Other Broadway productions include: Irene with Debbie Reynolds, later Jane Powell; Lorelei with Carol Channing; Something's Afoot with Tessie O'Shea; Damn Yankees with Victor Garber, later Jerry Lewis; and Gorey Stories which distinguished itself by closing on opening night!Operetta roles: lead soprano in The Firefly and The New Moon (both at Town Hall), The Student Prince (Pittsburg Civic Light Opera), H. M. S. Pinafore (Canada and US). Regional work: Nellie in South Pacific (with Richard Kiley), Charity in Barnum (The Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theatre of Witchita), Carlotta in Kopit/Yeston's Phantom, Meg in Damn Yankees (Westchester Broadway), Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (Darian Dinner Theatre) , Nettie Fowler in Carousel (Pittsburgh CLO), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (North Stage), Lois/ Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate (starring John Raitt, COST summer circuit)) Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate (Darien, CT) . She premiered the role of Lucy in Lucy's Lapses for the Portland Opera.
Discography: Phantom (RCA/BMG), Sousa for Orchestra (ESS.A.Y.), Lost in Boston (Varese Sarabande). Television: Great Performances A Salute to Alan Jay Lerner, Pete and Pete, One Live to Live and All My Children. She was also the voice for "I Don't Want To Play in Your Yard" over the credits for Morning's at Seven.
DVD: Queen Guenevere in Camelot (Acorn Media, 2007. First public release of HBO's telelvision taping of 1982 Broadway revival staring Richard Harris).
Professor Bussert earned a B.A. from Purchase College, M.A.T. from Manhattanville College holds a N.Y.S. permanent teacher certification in English/Secondary. A life-long passion for theatre and music took root in a Thespian Troupe at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois.
- Bachelor of Arts SUNY Purchase 1998, Drama Studies
- Master of Arts in Teaching Manhattanville College 1999, English / Secondary Education
DVD and CD
- Camelot by Lerner and Loewe. Starring Richard Harris and Meg Bussert. Home Box Office taping of 1982 Broadway production. Directed by Marty Calner. Liner notes by Meg Bussert. Acorn Media, 2007.
- Phantom by Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit. Starring Richard White, Glory Crampton and Meg Bussert as Carlotta. Arranged and Conducted by Jonathan Tunick. RCA Victor, 1993.
- Sousa for Orchestra. John Phillip Sousa adapted and conducted by Richard Kapp. Songs from Teddy and Alice. Meg Bussert as Alice Roosevelt. ESS.A.Y. 1990
- Songs of New York. Featured: Meg Bussert. Recorded for Book of the Month Club. Conductor John McGlinn. 1984
- Lost in Boston. Featuresd: Meg Bussert. First in a series of neglected musical numbers. Varese Sarabande, 1984.
- Irene. Cast recording of 1974 Broadway revival starring Debbie Reynolds. Meg Bussert under name of Meg Scanlan. 1974.
Grants and Awards
- 1981: Tony Award Nomination
- 1981: Theatre World Award
- 1982: Ace Award Nomination (Cable Television)
- Music Theatre History (particularly 19th Century America)
- American Songbook / Special Services / Popular songs during wartime
- Acting through song