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Susan Finch

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts


Susie Landau Finch is a producer-writer-director and teacher with a background in film and theater production. She has worked extensively for American Zoetrope in all aspects of film production under the aegis of Francis Ford Coppola's Los Angeles and San Francisco studios among others. She has also served as US president for Vision Picture Company, an Australian Film Company, and has consulted for the Olympics Arts Festival, the Annenberg Foundation, the Lewitsky Dance Company, etc. She received her B.A. from Hampshire College and pursued graduate study at NYU's Department of Dramatic Writing, attending high school in London, England.

She has numerous off-Broadway theatre credits including work with such directors as Andre Gregory and Anne Bogart, as well as writing and directing original works for Music Theatre Group, Plexus and Dance Theatre Workshop, etc.

Highlights of her film credits include; One from the Heart directed by Francis Coppola; Hammett, directed by Wim Wenders, Escape Artist; directed by Caleb Deschael (all extras casting); New York Stories, directed by Francis Coppola (assistant to producer); Tucker, directed by Francis Coppola (assistant to producer, unit publicist); Peggy Sue Got Married and Godfather III, directed by Francis Coppola (acting coach); The Spirit of '76, directed by Lucas Reiner (producer, casting); Bram Stoker's Dracula, directed by Francis Coppola (associate producer) and the feature film Wake directed by Roy Finch (producer, casting.)

She has taught acting and text analysis in Los Angeles, both privately and at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute as well as workshops at Hampshire College and Stonybrook University. Her inspirations are from years of studying the method, Grotowski work, Anne Bogart's training, Spolin Theatre games, dance, yoga etc. As a young person, she observed Lee Strasberg and Harold Clurman, as well as studying with Stella Adler, Stephen Book, Viola Spolin, Yurek Bogajevicz and John Russell Brown, among others.

She currently has several film projects in development, including The Doctor’s Wife, which she has written and will direct. She serves on the board of The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, which has fostered a Young Playwrights Festival for the last 21 years, discovering and nurturing the talent of tomorrow.