Susan Willerman is an actor, writer and director. She teaches a memoir workshop with retirees at Morningside Retirement & Health Services which originated with Elders Share the Arts in 1994 and is now one of Teachers & Writers programs. She taught playwriting for T&W, Theatre for a New Audience, Astoria Performing Arts Center, The 52nd Street Project and The Greylock Project at Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival.
She is a co-ordinator for the Wendy Wasserstein Project at the Theatre Development Fund which takes high school juniors and seniors to the theatre followed by a discussion. Since 1986 she has been the Theatre Instructor for the Coe College (Iowa) NEW YORK TERM when juniors and seniors are in NY for 13 weeks of arts immersion and has been its NYC Director for several years.
She has been a teaching artist for TDF, Lincoln Center Institute/Education, Elders Share the Arts and Manhattan Theatre Club.
She facilitated an Oral History Project in upstate New York, which was a collaboration of The Spencertown Academy and the Austerlitz Historical Society.
Her first work as a teaching artist was with the Imagination Workshop, later Creative Alternatives of New York, in 1976, where she was a program artist and later Director of Training until 1989. During this time, Susan worked with other professional theater artists to employ theater techniques with hospitalized psychiatric patients, adolescents in treatment programs and people in homeless shelters.
Susan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a longtime member of the Ensemble Studio Theater and The Actors Ensemble.