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Susan is a TV screenplay writer, who spent many years practicing law as her day job and pursuing creative projects in her free time. She studied modern dance with Daniel Nagrin, Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolai, and Martha Graham Dance companies. She studied improv at the Magnet Theater and Uprights Citizens Brigade and performed with Indie teams in NYC.

She studied fiction writing with Ellen Feldman (The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank) and wrote short stories about the joys and misery of being single in NYC, and life as the daughter of immigrants. Her stories have been published in RiversEdge Journal of Art and Literature, The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, and the East Hampton Star.

She wrote two novels: A Suitable Husband, set in prewar Poland and Children of Lies, set in NYC in 1988 and wrote two TV Pilot screenplays based on her novels. She is currently developing her first comedy Pilot. PItch Docs available upon request.

TV PILOT SCREENPLAYS

DANGEROUS CHOICES

One Hour Historical Drama Pilot

LOGLINE: As Europe moves closer to war, and antisemitism in 1930s Poland grows, a young Jewish woman joins a rebellious group of young people with ties to Palestine. But her mother and a persistent suitor have other ideas.

AWARDS:

WeScreenplay TV Pilot Contest 2020: Semifinalist

Miami Screenplay Awards 2021 Semifinalist

Los Angeles International Screenplay Competition 2020: Quarterfinalist

Chicago Screenplay Awards 2021: Quarterfinalist

PITCH DECK AND PROOF OF CONCEPT VIDEO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

CROSSING OVER

One Hour Drama Suspense Pilot

LOGLINE: In the late 1980s, as the intifada sends shockwaves across the world, an idealistic Jewish premed student falls for a talented Palestinian doctor, and is drawn into a world of intrigue that tests her limits and challenges her core beliefs.

AWARDS:

Miami Screenplay Awards 2021: Semifinalist

WeScreenplay TV Pilot Contest 2021, Quarterfinalist

NYC International Screenplay Awards 2021, Quarterfinalist

Dylan P.I.

Half-hour Family Comedy Pilot

LOGLINE: After she’s expelled from junior college, Dylan is determined to make it as a private eye in 1980s suburbia, with help from her ten-year-old niece and wisecracking grandma. Veronica Mars meets Scooby Doo.

Blacklist Industry Rated – 8

Contact Susan at hello.susanlerner@gmail.com.