The Other Josh Cohen. The Other Josh Cohen in text, featuring notebook doodles with a large guitar drawing in the center of a black background

The Other Josh Cohen’s Susannah McLeod Finds the Thread Between Theatre and Photography

Susannah McLeod

Standing onstage in front of strangers is a nightmare scenario for some people. For others, it’s a similar feeling to being the subject of a photograph. But for Susannah McLeod, she excels as a performer and as a photographer. “I like to think the thing I bring to the table as a photographer is helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera,” explained McLeod. Her easy-going demeanor and charm absolutely shine, so it’s no wonder she was a perfect fit for the DCPA Cabaret production, The Other Josh Cohen. 

McLeod works as an understudy for The Other Josh Cohen. Outside of acting, McLeod runs a photography business, McLeod9 Creative, and was hired to shoot the production photos for the show as well. “This was the first time that I’ve ever been in a show that I also got to take photos for,” laughed McLeod. “That’s a perk of being an understudy!” And this show suited McLeod9 Creative perfectly. “There’s a thread between theatre and photography – and it’s people,” said McLeod, “Shooting The Other Josh Cohen was exciting because the actors are really exploring character, and I got to capture their authenticity and the candid moments.” 

Actor Seth Dhonau places his hands over actor Brett Ambler’s ears and grins while Ambler sips a drink from a straw and looks at a smartphone

(L to R) Brett Ambler and Seth Dhonau. DCPA Cabaret. The Other Josh Cohen. Photo by McLeod9 Creative

DCPA audiences may have also seen McLeod in the Theatre for Young Audiences production, Goodnight Moon. McLeod’s love for people and building genuine connections inspired her during the performances. “With Theatre for Young Audiences, as a cast member you know this might be the first time a child has seen live theatre,” said McLeod, “There’s something really magical about that which you don’t get with any other art form.”  

But what can audiences expect from The Other Josh Cohen? “It’s 90 minutes where you get to laugh a lot, which is the medicine I think we all need right now,” said McLeod. This joyful, rock ’n’ roll musical is showing at The Garner Galleria through May 1. Don’t miss your chance to get swept up in The Other Josh Cohen! 

Ticket tip: visit The Garner Galleria Box Office one hour before the show for half-price student and senior rush tickets (subject to availability). Prices vary by show and ID may be required.    

The Other Josh Cohen   
Now – May 1, 2022 • Garner Galleria Theatre