Susie trained under Motley at the English National Opera Design School. She has designed productions for the West End, National Tours and internationally. She studied painting and sculpture in London and Paris and has paintings and theatrical sketches in private collections around the world, including Leningrad’s Costume Museum. Susie was commissioned to paint two large pastoral scenes to hang permanently in the auditorium of the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Amongst her many West End design credits are Personals, Play It Again Sam, The Constant Wife, Dandy Dick, The Scent of Flowers and The Good Doctor. For the Chichester Festival Theatre: The Owl and Pussycat went to See..., Charley’s Aunt and The Last of Mrs Cheyney. Opera credits include Offenbach’s opera The Tales of Hoffman, Down By The Greenwood Side, Noye’s Fludde (which she also co-directed) and the musical revue Betjemania. For David Wood: The Gingerbread Man, The Old Man of Lochnagar, The Selfish Shellfish, Nutcracker Sweet, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, The See Saw Tree, Guess How Much I Love You, the Dance Extravaganza Shaun’s Big Show, The Witches and The BFG,
Susie designed the Rupert Festival for the V&A’s Museum of Childhood, which also exhibited her costumes, headdresses and scale set models. She was the set designer for the Magic Circle Centenary and was the costume designer for the BBC’s Party at the Palace to celebrate the Queen’s 80th Birthday. Her BFG Giant from the theatre production was filmed in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace. Susie designed the London premiere of Gyles Brandreth and Julian Slade's Now We Are Sixty.