Music Associate Professor of Music Theatre
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, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and since Jan. 2010 the National Vice-President in charge of conferences for the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance-International. Meg has organized the recent MTEA conferences in New York City ( NYU, 2010), in Austin, TX (University of Texas, 2011), and the MTEA Internalional Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden (University of Gothenburg and the Ballettakadeim, 2011). She has taught at The Arts Academy at the University of Ballarat, Australia and the Danish Musical Theatre Academy in Fredericia, DK. She is a specialist in the Michael Chekhov techniques as applied to the singing actor.
She received a Tony Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for her portrayal of Fiona in the acclaimed 1980 Broadway revival of Brigadoon (director, Vivian Matalon, choreographer Agnes DeMille). Meg won a Theatre World Award for playing Marian the Librarian opposite Dick Van Dyke's music man 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). That production only recently became available on DVD (Acorn Media, 2007). Her most performed recent role is that of the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music at theatres all accross the U.S. (Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Sacramento's Music Circus, Ogunquit Playhouse).
Other Broadway: 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: leading ladies 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) , 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. A life-long passion for theatre and music began as member of a Thespian Troupe at Maine South High School in Illinois.
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.
- 1981 : Tony Award Nomination
- 1981 : Theatre World Award
- 1982 : Ace Award Nomination (Cable Television)
- Bachelor of Arts
- Master of Arts in Teaching
English / Secondary Education
- Music Theatre History (particularly 19th Century America)
- American Songbook / Special Services / Popular songs during wartime
- Acting through song
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.