During this time, she travelled to more than 100 cities across the U.S., researching story ideas, finding experts in their field, and producing and writing one hour prime-time documentaries for PBS. Working with casting agents and attending talent showcases, she has auditioned countless actors for her series over the years. She has had the privilege of working with many talented actors including Roy Schneider, Matthew Modine, James Naughton, as well as many renown experts and filmmakers from around the world. She was the Co-Principal Investigator for two 'National Science Foundation' grants, one which awarded her $1.6 million for her multi-part PBS series.
She was hired by The Heinz Center and NASA to produce and write their "State of the Nation's Ecosystems Report" for the development of their PBS series. She won the 'PBS Communication Award' in 1999 as well as a Fellowship from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She has been a freelance Producer, Writer, and Script Consultant on numerous television and film projects over the years and continues to be. For a longer list of her television credits, 'click here.'
Susane is a Lifetime Member of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and, starting five years ago, has been directing their popular 'Screenplay Reading Series.' Working closely with NYC casting agents and professional actors, she has directed these works on stage at both the JCC on the Upper Westside and at Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center.
Susane started the WGAE's 'Writing Mentoring Program' in 2006, enlisting the Guild's members as mentors. For the pilot program, she worked with an organization for foster children. She then partnered WGAE with '826 NYC,' a literary organization founded by author Dave Eggers. This collaboration resulted in a program in which the teenage participants wrote radio dramas, one-on-one, with Guild mentors. These dramas were then broadcast on public radio WNYC. This Writing Mentorship is still on-going today. Susane also led writing workshops in NYC public high schools. A member of the Guild's Activities Committee since 1997, she is involved in helping to organize their annual awards dinners, benefit events, and other high profile workshops.
For Hudson Warehouse, she has produced their three show summer season since 2010. In 2012, she directed their June production of Comedy of Errors and in June of 2013, directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (abridged), written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. She wrote the adaptation for the Warehouse's August 2013 production of The Three Musketeers, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, for which she also Assistant Directed. She was also the Assistant Director of Richard III in August 2012. Susane founded and is the Director of the Warehouse's 'Writers-a-Go-Go' (WAGG) contemporary play reading series which promotes the works of living writers with lively staged readings in a bar setting. She most recently directed a staged reading of Through Andrew's Eyes, written by emerging playwright Oscar Cabrera, in spring 2013.
November 2013, Susane will remount her production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (abridged) at the Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Arts Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side which marks the Warehouse's very first indoor production. She will also create the curriculum for and co-teach an after school Playwriting & Drama Program for young people at the Goddard Riverside Community Center for 2013-2014 school year.
Susane won an 'Urban Artist Initiative Grant for Literature' in 2006 and a 'New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship' grant for Nonfiction Literature in 2005. Susane published a memoir in the February 2010 issue of MORE Magazine entitled "The I Ching Daughter," available on-line. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA.