Susan Charlotte

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Susan Charlotte
Born 1954
New York, New York, United States
Occupation Author, playwright, screenwriter,
Nationality United States
Alma mater Columbia University
Notable works Love Divided By
The Shoemaker

Susan Charlotte (born July 21, 1954) is an American playwright, screenwriter and author.

Best known as a playwright, Charlotte was the inaugural recipient of the Joseph Kesselring Prize. She is the founder of the theatre company Food For Thought Productions and the non-profit theatre company Cause Celebre. She is the author of such plays as The Shoemaker and Love Divided By/Times Three



She has written ten full-length plays and forty one-acts. Her plays have enjoyed productions for over twenty years including the 2011 Off-Broadway premiere of "The Shoemaker" starring Danny Aiello and directed by Antony Marsellis,[1] who also directed the film version entitled "Something Like That" with Danny Aiello, Margaret Colin, Bob Dishy, Judith Light, Laila Robins, and John Shea; "Love Divided By/Times Three" directed by Antony Marsellis and starring Marilyn Sokol,with an original score by Billy Goldenberg ("Ballroom"); and "The Hairdresser" starring Kathleen Chalfant and Maria Tucci.

She also founded a school for writers, Prism Playhouse and two theatre companies—Food For Thought Productions (winner of the National Arts Club Gold Medal in drama) where she premiered plays by Tennessee Williams, Tony Kushner and Lynn Redgrave and the not-for-profit theatre, Cause Celebre.[2]


Her film credits include: A Broken Sole (2006), which was released theatrically in 2007,directed by Antony Marsellis starring Danny Aiello and; Come On (2000), which premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival; and Love Divided By (based on her play) which has an original score by Philip Glass and was chosen to open MoMA's Titus II theatre.[3]


Her TV credits include: CBS' "Comedy Zone" (1984), which starred Patty Duke and Paul Reiser and daytime series "Loving" (1983) and "Guiding Light".[4]


She has written two books, "Creativity" and "Creativity in Film," a book of interviews with 'fourteen of the industry's finest, from the director to the lighting designer, discussing the work behind the magic.'.[5][6]


She is the recipient of the inaugural Joseph Kesselring Prize. Her theatre company Food For Thought Productions was the recipient of the National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor for Achievement in the Dramatic Arts.[3]

List of works[edit]

Full-Length Plays[edit]

  • The Shoemaker
  • Prism Blues
  • Delicate Choices
  • It Takes One Litre of Petrol and Twenty Minutes
  • Before It Happened
  • Love Divided By/Times Three
  • Sublet
  • The Round Table (Collaboration with Peter Stone)

One-Act Plays[edit]

  • Love Divided By'
  • Folded Hands
  • Tango Finish
  • The Shoemaker
  • The Cabbie
  • The Dyslexic Lover
  • The Hairdresser
  • Come On
  • The Typist
  • The Neon Sign Man
  • I Can Imagine/I Can't Imagine
  • The Squeegee Man
  • Life in a Paper Bag
  • The Pirates (Co-Written by Pascal Aubier)
  • Between a Local and an Express
  • What She Didn't Say
  • The Cleaning Girl

Theatrical Adaptations[edit]




  1. ^ Sraff (2011). "Academy Award Nominee Danny Aiello To Star In The World Premiere of The Shoemaker". Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ R. Lee, Felicia. "A Prix Fixe for One-Acts, Sandwiches and Thoughts on Theater". New York Times. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "About Cause Célèbre". 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ Rosen, Marjorie. "The Playwrights Who Lunch". New York Times. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Charlotte, Susan (1993). Creativity in Film. Momentum Books Limited. p. 189. ISBN 1-879094-28-2. 
  6. ^ Charlotte, Susan (1993). Creativity: Conversations With Those Who Excel. Momentum Books Limited. p. 413. ISBN 1-879094-11-8. 

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