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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 for limited series based on her novels. She is currently developing her first comedy Pilot.

TV PILOT SCREENPLAYS

DANGEROUS CHOICES

LOGLINE: In 1937 Poland, an impoverished young Jewish woman fights rising antisemitism and family pressure in her quest for independence.

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

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

Contact Susan at hello.susanlerner@gmail.com.