A director, teacher, and theatre maker, and a Tunisian-American, Sephardic Jewish feminist-activist-artist, Susannah has taught and directed for organizations throughout the Bay Area. For five years, she was the Joint Artistic Director of Paducah Mining Co., a San Francisco-based theatre ensemble that produced acclaimed work by established playwrights and devised original pieces on complex material such as domestic terrorism, spousal abuse, and poverty in America. During her tenure with Paducah, she was awarded three Dean Goodman Choice Awards. She is also a Bay Area Critic’s Circle, Broadway World, and Shellie Award nominee.
Recent directing credits include: Alejandra Rivas & Kimiya Shokri’s Magic Fruit and Elaine Magree’s pussygrabbingREVENGE for TheatreFirst; Sheila Callaghan’s Elevada and Women Laughing Alone With Salad, David Greig’s The Events, Christopher Chen’s Caught, Wilder’s Our Town, Weidman and Sondheim’s Assassins, E. Hunter Spreen’s Care of Trees, Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera and Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Shotgun Players (company member); Blockbuster Season, Future Motive Power, and Get This Go with Mugwumpin (company member); William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for Oakland Theater Project; an excerpt from Ibsen’s Lady from the Sea for Cutting Ball Theatre’s Variety Pack; the world-premieres of Dipika Guha’s In Braunau and The Rules, and the NNPN Rolling World-Premiere of George Brant’s Grounded for the San Francisco Playhouse; Next to Normal for YMTC+; the world-premieres of Betty Shamieh’s Make No Mistake and Torange Yeghiazarian’s Thanksgiving at Khodabakhshian’s for Golden Thread Productions; the world-premiere of Erin Bregman’s That it all makes perfect for 6NewPlays; the world-premiere of Ariel Luckey’s Amnesia for La Pena Cultural Center and the San Francisco International Arts Festival; Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind for Boxcar Theatre; Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole at Town Hall Theatre Company; Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig for Sonoma County Rep; Chekhov’s Three Sisters for Porchlight Theatre Company; Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea for A.C.T.’s Professional Training Program; Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad for Sacramento Theatre Company; and countless readings and workshops for companies as varied as the Aurora Theatre Company, Playwright’s Foundation, The Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, and Z Space.
Susannah is currently the Theatre Director and Arts Program Coordinator at San Francisco University High School as well as Guest Faculty at Saint Mary’s College. She was formerly Adjunct Faculty at Los Medanos College and a Guest Lecturer at UC Davis where she taught Introduction to Directing. She taught movement, voice, acting, and composition for the California Shakespeare Theater for twelve years and directed several Shakespeare productions for their 5-week summer conservatory, including Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Susannah has also taught for Berkeley Playhouse, Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Porchlight Theatre Company, the New Conservatory Theatre, and a variety of high schools throughout San Francisco and the East Bay.
Susannah received her BFA in Theatre from NYU, where she studied Composition and Directing with such noted teachers as Anne Bogart, Bob Moss, Marleen Pennison, and Todd London. She received her MFA in Directing from UC Davis, where she studied Directing and Choreography with Sarah Pia Anderson, Irina Brown, Peter Lichtenfels, and Della Davidson.
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