Susan was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland. As a child she studied music, dance (tap) and theatre. She is the 5th of seven children.
Susan met her husband Jeff (a Groundworks “celebrity” in 2011), while working as a production manager and database administrator at The Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Company, the oldest law publisher in the country.
She moved from corporate life to the arts when she attended Case Western Reserve University to get her degree in Theatre while also studying in New York at the Stella Adler Conservatory, the Michael Chekhov Association and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass.
Susan has been seen on stages in Cleveland, New York and Nantucket, where she recently performed in Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, directed a short play series called Mere Mortals and filmed the independent film Julie with writer/director Jeff Barry. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.
Organizations with which Susan has been involved include the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association (Cleveland Chapters); Cleveland Shakespeare Festival (Advisory Board); Nantucket’s Seaside Shakespeare (founding member); and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, where she has a long history of support and was recently elected Board President.
Susan and Jeff live in Cleveland Heights and Nantucket. They have two daughters, Madalyn and Caitlin.
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GroundWorks DanceTheater is IMAGINATION YOU CAN SEE. Critically celebrated as an "artistically significant" ensemble, GroundWorks explores the nuances of the human experience through unique and adventurous choreography. This exciting, eclectic work brings audiences face-to-face with fresh, fascinating performances of passion, intellect and humor.
From its Northeast Ohio base, this group of outstanding artists has introduced dance lovers and neophytes alike to an experience that is unconventional, yet deeply human and resonating. From performing in unusual settings, collaborating with composers of new music, and featuring live musicians onstage, GroundWorks enriches its work with subtle layers of meaning that deepen the impact and enjoyment for the audience.
GroundWorks' repertoire includes works by selected guest choreographers and interdisciplinary artists. GroundWorks has commissioned 27 premieres from nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers - some of the most creative voices in the field - as well as 36 new works by Shimotakahara and 11 by Artistic Associate Amy Miller.
GroundWorks believes in developing its repertoire with work that challenges the range of its exceptional artists and in establishing a working relationship with guest choreographers interested in creating new work with the group. It is also interested in creating an audience that supports this work, through an understanding of its influences and sources built over time and learned from a variety of experiences with GroundWorks.