Susan Ferrara

Manhattan-based actor, writer; storyteller.



© 2017 — Characters: 2W, 3M

With Sinatra’s MY WAY playing on an endless loop, Billie stands at her father’s wake waiting to leave and grab a burger, but a box full of letters from the prisoner her father loved keeps her rooted to the spot. A dark comedy about grief, family secrets, friendship and forgiveness.

(The second in three plays featured in THE SILVER KITCHEN TRILOGY). (Logo by Mina Widmer.


© 2017 Susan Ferrara — Characters: 3W, 6M (multi-cast)

Charismatic director Mary Ann ‘Buzz’ Goodbody was one of only five women directing in the U.K. in the 1970’s. In 1975, she famously directed Ben Kingsley in the title role of HAMLET in a theatre converted from a tin shack; the HAMLET of their generation.

Four days after the first performance, she was gone.

2014-2015 NYTW Monday@3 Development Reading
2014 Women’s Project Lab Semi-Finalist
2014 O’Neill Semi-Finalist
2013 Internal Read – Atlantic Theater Co.
2012 Reverie Prod, Next Generation Playwriting Winner
2012 New Dramatists Semi-Finalist
2012 Hon Mention, Jane Chambers Playwriting Contest


© 2014 Susan Ferrara — Characters: 1 W - Solo Show

“It was the week everyone called me Wonder Woman… “

A beautiful September morning.  A woman’s journey downtown and the landscape of a city; changing.  The Wonder.  The small and large stories that make a world.  A story about a neighborhood and its people as experienced by the playwright and her diabetic cat.

2015 O’Neill Semi-Finalist
2014 United Solo International Theatre Festival (WINNER – Best Production, Best of Festival – Theatre Row, NYC)
2014 Groundworks New Play Series (Staged Reading, Cherry Lane, NYC)
2014 Nominated, Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award 2014 Nominated, William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Award


(Image Design: Mina Widmer)


© 2014 — Characters: 2 W, 2 M

The traveling salesman drops his briefcase and stands in front of the open window.  His wife is at the stove wiping her fingers on her nightdress.  The way Billie remembers it, her parents never left the kitchen and it never stopped snowing. Something happened a long time ago that she just can’t put her finger on. Maybe her dead father can help.  A comedy about memory. (The first in three plays featured in THE SILVER KITCHEN TRILOGY).

2014 Leah Ryan Emerging Writers Fund Finalist
2014 Red Theatre Chicago, Runner Up, Playwriting Competition
2013 Naked Angels (Development Tuesdays@9), NYC


© 2010 — Characters: 4W,4M

Year after year, The Machine strips a neighborhood of its young men until a blind man returning from battle leads his shattered family from darkness into light.

2009 O’Neill Semi-Finalist
2010 Leah Ryan Finalist
2011 New Dramatists Semi-Finalist

(Image Design: Mina Widmer)