About Susan

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ALL IN THE FAMILY

Born to a sex therapist and a Secret Service Agent in Oklahoma City, Susan’s career in comedy was inevitable.    

EDUCATION

Susan is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater Film & Television. She has studied acting with the late, great Uta Hagen (Master Class) and the current-great, Howard Fine (Master Class).    

AWARDS

Ovation Award Winner: The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife - Best Ensemble

Ovation Award Nominee: Best Supporting Actress - Yellow

LA Weekly Award: Best Comedy Ensemble - Yellow

Beverly Garland Award: Best Ensemble - Yellow

Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award Winner: Best Production - Yellow

CELEBRITY ACTORS

Susan has graced the stage and screen with some amazing actors such as: John Hamm, Octavia Spencer, Forest Whitaker, Hilary Swank, Kristen Chenowith, Danny DeVito, Lyle Lovett, Lisa Kudrow, Laurie Metcalf, Debra Messing, Helen Hunt, Teri Hatcher, Megan Mullaly, Matt LeBlanc, Jay Mohr, Faith Ford, Leslie Jordan, Beth Grant, Drew Carey, Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Rip Torn, Treat Williams, & John Goodman, among others.

TELEVISION

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Some television credits include: Mad Men, Harry's Law, Glee, I'ts Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Sordid Lives, Gary Unmarried, Easy Money, Bones, Joey, Rodney, All of Us, Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace, L.A. Dragnet, Haunted, The O'Keefe's, The George Lopez Show, Drew Carey, Normal,Ohio, SportsNight, Beverly Hills, 90210, The Larry Sanders Show, Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Mad About You, Seinfeld, NewsRadio, Third Rock from the Sun, and Murder She Wrote. She appeared opposite Joanna Cassidy in Intermission (click here), in The Sleepwalker Killing with Hilary Swank and she can be seen flirting with Lyle Lovett in the feature, The Opposite of Sex.     

DEL SHORES

Susan has a long history with famed writer/director, Del Shores. Del wrote the part of Sister Timothea for Susan and she starred in the World Premier of, "Yellow" at The Coast Playhouse. She received an Ovation Nomination as Best Featured Actress, a Garland Award, and an LA Weekly Award.  She also starred in Del's play, "The Assembly Line" for the Family Equality Council. She also appeared in Del Shores' play, "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife" at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood playing the role of trashy cocktail waitress, "Rayleen Hobbs."  The play won an Ovation Award for "Best Ensemble."  Del Shores also cast her as "Dr. Eve" in "Sordid Lives" (Season of Shores) and as "Brother Boy" in "Sordid Lives, It's a Drag". Susan is recurring as crazy "Jackie" in "Sordid Lives: The Series" on Logo. 

THEATER

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In addition to Del Shores' theater (see above), Susan’s original one-woman show, This Is Your Wake-Up Call! (click here), at The Lost Studio, The Coast Playhouse, and the HBO Workspace earned LA Weekly’s “Pick of the Week” and Dramalogue’s “Critic’s Choice.” Additional Los Angeles stage credits include: Crimes of The Heart directed by Garry Marshall with Faith Ford and Crystal Bernard at the Falcon Theater, ISSP at the Pacific Design Center, The Lotto at The Century City Playhouse, The Werewolf Project at The Los Angeles Theater Center. Susan was also a finalist in "15 Minutes of Fem 3" (click here) a one-person show contest at The Egyptian Arena Theatre. 

VOICE OVER

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Susan is also an accomplished voice-over artist and has worked on over 50 movies and TV shows. Her voice has participated in 3 of the top 5 grossing films of all time (Avatar, The Avengers, Iron Man 3). Click here for Voice-Over resume.

IMPROV, SKETCH, STAND-UP

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In addition to performing stand-up comedy, she has studied and performed with The Second City and had a six year run with the improvisational company, Los Angeles TheatreSports at Theater/Theatre. Susan was also a sketch comedy performer/writer in Cross Your Legs at Ma Maison and Scratch N Sniff at The Ice House (Comedy Pick of the Week). 

WRITER

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As a writer, Susan's essay was published in the book, "Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood".  She has written for the Saturday morning animated program, "The Weekenders", writes content for several websites, and has written and performed in storytelling shows across Los Angeles, including "Pen to Paper" at Pacific Resident Theatre and "Word Now" at the Freemont Theater.

TEACHER

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Susan has taught scene study and monologue technique at Deborah Gibson's Camp Electric Youth and has taught Acting Technique for Teenagers at Andromeda Studios. She coaches for tv/film auditions, college auditions, and has been a speaker and mentor for seminars on "How to Break Into the Entertainment Business".  Susan is a mom and specializes in acting for kids/teens. She also teaches a Performing Solo storytelling workshop for adults. Visit www.howardfine.com for more info.

GIVING BACK

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Susan has been a volunteer Big Sister with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Los Angeles since 1997. Her "Little Sister" is a graduate of UCLA and has a successful career in business.

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