Manhattan-based actor, writer; storyteller.
Award‑winning playwright and actor, Susan is a three-time O’Neill semi-finalist, two-time New Dramatist and Leah Ryan Finalist. She has been seen on stage at the Public Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, among many. Her play, THE WONDER (Writer/Actor, Directors – Julie Ann Emery and Kevin Earley, nominated for both the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Award, terraNova’s New Play Series (workshop reading at Cherry Lane Theatre) won Best of the Festival at the 2014 United Solo International Festival. Web/Film: Onion News Network; award‑nominated series regular on the award winning webseries THEN WE GOT HELP (written and directed by Julie Ann Emery), BRIDESBURG (directed by Jeff Barry), PRESIDENT OF THE FAN CLUB (written by Clay McLeod Chapman). Her plays include BUZZ (Dir – Carrie Preston; Winner, Reverie Next Generation Playwriting Award; development readings with Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company and New York Theatre Workshop’s Mondays@3; Finalist, Baltic Writing Residency (Brora, Scotland); Women’s Project Lab Semi-Finalist; Honorable Mention, Jane Chambers Award); THE MACHINE (Global Age Finalist); THE SILVER KITCHEN trilogy (which includes THE SILVER KITCHEN – Development, Naked Angels, Tuesdays@9; finalist, Red Theatre Chicago Playwriting Competition and FRANK – 2016 Friday Night Footlights Staged Reading); GERTRUDE (advanced to second round, Sundance MENA Theatre Lab in Morocco, DecadesOut reading and workshop; semi-finalist, Bridge Playwriting Contest (pending)), among many. AEA, SAG/AFTRA, DG, 2010 terraNova Groundbreakers alumna. She was last seen in Clay McLeod Chapman’s NY Times Critics’ Pick THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW: Stump Speeches in Manhattan and recently work-shopped a new play by Edward Precht, STRANGE, AMERICA through Primary Stages and will be shooting a short film in May: LOVE, TIME AND SPACE EXPLORATION. NY, DC, Chicago and LA hire.
Mission / Artist’s Statement
My mission; my Artist’s Statement is evolving daily. Get up. Write. Tell a few stories. Go to bed. I am moved by the work of the greats: August Wilson. Am inspired by the beauty and resonance of his writing.
“I think it was the ability of the theater to communicate ideas and extol virtues that drew me to it. And also, I was, and remain, fascinated by the idea of an audience as a community of people who gather willingly to bear witness.” – August Wilson
Read and be moved by his writing. It changes you. Like a great work should.