Susan Merson

Actor, Writer,
Producer, Educator


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Ms. Merson has a long history of supporting and developing new plays and playwrights as the Founder/Producing Artistic Director of New York Theatre Intensives (NYTI) and through her work at such theatres as New Dramatists, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lion Theatre (which she cofounded) and the O’Neill Theatre Center. Her mentoring skills have been polished through significant time on Broadway, in regional theatre and in the Off-Off Broadway developmental world. Appearing as an actress in the Broadway productions of Zefirelli’s SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY and CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, she also co created and appeared in the original production of VANITIES, Off Broadway, in which she performed over 800 times. Her first play REFLECTIONS OF A CHINA DOLL was produced Off Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre which seeded her ongoing relationship as an active artist and board member of EST on both coasts.

In Los Angeles, Susan co-founded and served as moderator for the Los Angeles Writers Bloc with writer Jane Anderson, which has supported the work of such writers as Donald Margulies,(Pulitzer), Noni White and Bob Tzudiker(Tony for Newsies), Irene Mecchi (Lion King), Janet Fitch (White Oleanders) and countless others since the 1980’s.

She has served as Artistic Director of the Streisand Festival for New Plays, Associate Producer at the Fountain and Mark Taper Forum, Resident Playwright for the Jewish Women’s Theatre Project, Literary Manager of the Ensemble Studio Theatre/ LA and has worked as a reader for Fogwood Films, TNT, and Polygram and many others.

Her many plays have been seen at theatres across the US and Canada. A partial list: DAMN EVERYTHING BUT THE CIRCUS: 2 short plays About the Circus  at the FOUNTAIN THEATRE in Los Angeles and Ensemble Studio Theatre/NYC in readings. BETWEEN PRETTY PLACES, a play with music written by Shellen Lubin, premiered at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles and as part of the HERE ARTS Sublet Series in Manhattan in 2013 and went on to full production at 13th Street Rep in NYC. NYC has also seen WHITE BIRCHES at the Avant Garde Arts Festival, CARLA TELLS US WHAT HAPPENED IN THE BLUE BEDROOM at Berkshire Playwrights Lab, I BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE at the League of Professional Theatre Women’s One Act Festival and WHEN THEY GO AND YOU DO NOT at both the EstroGenius Festival and EST/6th Floor/NY and the Fountain Theatre in LA. HAIR: A REMINISCENCE a Heideman Award finalist at Louisville, IN THE EVENINGS at the UNTOLD STORIES festival; and BOUNTY OF LACE a  Religion and Theatre Award recipient, among many others. Screenplay nods have gone to SWIMMING UPSTREAM and DEATH IN VIENNA, both developed with Jimola Productions. As a fiction writer, her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. Her novel DREAMING IN DAYLIGHT and a recent collection of plays and memoir WHEN THEY GO AND YOU DO NOT: Writing on Transition are available on Amazon along with her book on solo performance, YOUR NAME HERE: An Actor Writers Guide to Solo Performance. Audiobook of DREAMING IN DAYLIGHT available on Amazon and at

She leads the programs of New York Theatre Intensives. After completing a five year on-site interdisciplinary theatre conservatory program, NYTI is now actively involved in production and support of new women’s work. Recent projects include the IN HER NAME and UNTOLD STORIES OF JEWISH WOMEN Festivals, both co developed and produced with Shellen Lubin.  She is a long time member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre which produced her very first solo play, REFLECTIONS OF A CHINA DOLL. Other affiliations are League of Professional Theatre, ATHE, AFTRA, SAG, AEA, WOMEN IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA COALITION. She has been  a Resident Playwright in the America -In -Play cohort and at the Jewish Womens Theare in Los Angeles. New fiction project IN 2018, OH GOOD NOW THIS invited to Belize Writers Conference and Cuba Writers Program. She is also further developing her wearable art line of upcycled sweaters and accessories. See link.


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