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About Susan.

"I love watching artists work...
     
        

I know I am seeing hundreds of secrets."

 
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Susan is a screenwriter, actor, and director who is currently an assistant professor of TV/Film at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. She has won the Austin Film Festival, the Set in Texas Screenplay Award, and the prestigious Horton Foote Excellence in Screenwriting Award. She is a recipient of a 2008 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Scriptwriting. Her work has also been recognized by the Moondance Film Festival, Cinephile, Best in the West, Writers Digest, and others. She is a member of Philadelphia Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild of America.

In Los Angeles Susan worked as a story editor and ghost writer for horror films. She also created original material as a writer for the Gong Show. As a member of SAG AFTRA and AEA, she acted in film and theatre productions, as well as numerous television shows and commercials. Soon after completing her graduate studies, she began teaching acting, and has since taught at California State University Northridge, The University of Judaism, and Pasadena Playhouse. She created her own student theatre company, Saturday Matinee Players, that produced twenty-three productions in ten years from which all of the box office proceeds were donated to charity. She was accredited by the California Bar Association to teach attorneys communication skills through acting. With a therapist, she created “Act Yourself” a workshop for self-development and expression and presented at the National Association of Psycho-dramatists.

Since moving to the Philadelphia area, Susan has continued to work as a teacher and story editor to local screenwriters. She taught at several local colleges and theatres including the Walnut Street Theatre and West Chester University, where she spent over ten years, before joining DeSales University.

Susan has also continued to work on her own projects including her new book, Directors: From Stage to Screen and Back Again, which is being published by Intellect Ltd. an affiliate of the University of Chicago Press.

Susan holds a BA in theatre and an MFA in acting, both from UCLA.

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