Susan has returned to Chicago, after more than 30 years, where she did her Master's work at The Goodman School of Drama and studied with Del Close at Second City. Chicago has been home, off and on, for more than forty years for Susan, a military brat, well acquainted with the life of a gypsy. Born in Maryland, of Indiana natives, she is a showing. She attended high school in a northern Chicago suburb, received a B.F.A in Speech and Theatre from Western Illinois University, spent 3 years in the Master's Program at The Goodman School of Drama and received an MA in Directing from Indiana State University.
Following her years at the Goodman School, she spent a year at Milwaukee Rep with John Dillon, then moved to New York for fifteen years. After a couple of movies, several years on a soap (Search for Tomorrow - Prof Aja Doyan), numerous commercials and stage works, she and her late husband decided to raise their son in Terre Haute, IN. She continued to work in theatre and study and, for the next 16 years, was also the proud owner/operator of Pino's IL Sonetto Restaurant.
She will soon (Spring 2013) be working with Marti Lyons and the company at Sideshow Theatre In Maria/Stuart. She recently closed in Eclipse Theatre’s production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. In Chicago she has been seen at such theatres as Griffin (Kin), Mary Arrchie (Superior Donuts), A Red Orchid (Becky Shaw), Eclipse (One Flea Spare, After The Fall), TimeLine (When She Danced u/s), Rendition (Echoes of the War) and Northlight; and directors: Nat Swift, Jess McCleod, Matt Miller, Damon Kiely, Steve Scott, Nick Bowling, Anish Jethmalani, Amy Morton and Tim Curtis. She shot an episode of Chicago Code which aired on FOX.
Studying has always been a love of hers and, after working with numerous coaches including Terry Schreiber and Albert Tavares in New York, continues to study and teach in Chicago but above all is happy to be back where it all started for her and thrilled that her passion continues to grow.