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SUSAN SOON HE STANTON
Susan Soon He Stanton is a playwright, television writer, and screenwriter in New York, originally from the consonant-free town of Aiea, Hawai‘i.

Plays include we, the invisibles (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), Today Is My Birthday (Page73),  Takarazuka!!! (Clubbed Thumb and East West Players), Cygnus (WP Theater Pipeline), Solstice Party! (Live Source), The Things Are Against Us (Washington Ensemble Theatre), Navigator (Honolulu Theatre for Youth), The Underneath (Kumu Kahua Theatre), Art of Preservation (The Flea, Kumu Kahua), ‘Ō’ōkala 100 (Palikū Theatre), The Nose (Perry Mansfield), and more. She has developed plays at theaters including Playwrights Horizons, Kennedy Center, The Flea, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Yellow Earth, Joe’s Pub, McCarter Theatre, and others.

She is an inaugural recipient of the Venturous Playwrights Fellowship with the Lark, and an inaugural recipient of the Lark’s Van Lier Fellowship. She is a two-time Sundance Institute’s Theater Lab Resident Playwright. Writing groups and residencies past and present include New Dramatists, Playwrights Center Core Writer Fellowship, the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab, The Women’s Project Lab, P73’s Interstate 73, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, MaYi Playwrights Lab, The Civilians R&D Group, Hedgebrook, One Coast Collaboration (2x), and Terra Nova GroundBreakers. Writing groups at the Lark include Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop, New York Stage & Film (3x), Winter Writers’ Retreat (2x), Playground (3x).

Awards and honors include Leah Ryan FEWW, Kilroys’ List 2015, 2016, 2017, Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize Runner-up, Susan Glaspell Prize Finalist, a Susan Smith Blackburn nomination, Po’okela Award for best new play, and a NET Partnership Grant with Satori Group. From Kumu Kahua Theatre, she has received four playwriting awards, Hawai’i Prize (2x) and Resident Prize (2x).

Commissions from theaters include Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater/Crowded Fire, South Coast Repertory, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theater, Live Source, New Sounds Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Second Generation, and others. She has worked as a writing consultant for Disney Theatrical Entertainment and Disney Creative Entertainment.

She received a Feature Film Development Grant and Screenwriting Award from the Sloan Foundation, and a Leviathan Lab Film Production Grant. Films include Bushwick Beats, Dress (winner of 2014 Hawai‘i International Film Festival Audience Award), Dispatched, Good House, and Same Will. She wrote a comedic mini-series called We Are the Interns.

Susan holds a BFA from NYU Tisch’s Dramatic Writing program and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, where she received the Audrey Woods Fellowship and the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship.

She works as a staff writer for the TV series Succession on HBO.

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