Susana Verdeja has been the Executive Director of the School of the Arts since its inception in 1987 . Throughout the years, she has supervised the management of three studios, being one the driving forces in the School’s success. Along with her role as business executive, she has been the chief costume designer and coordinator for the School of the Arts. The vision and creativity of her designs has brought originality and brilliance to the stage in all the countless performances over the last 22 years. Mrs. Verdeja is wife of Octavio Verdeja, mother of Maria Verdeja, and grandmother of 16 perfect grandchildren.