Susan Hansell began writing for the stage by constructing texts for Bay Area dancers, choreographers, and performance artists. As a result, stylized language and physical elements remain theatrical aspects in her plays. Her earliest pieces can be viewed on YouTube and have been published in More Monologues for Women by Women (Heinemann).

Subsequently based in New York, work began on full-scale plays, including My Medea, a selection of the Best American Short Plays series (Applause); and American Rose, a Jane Chambers Award finalist, commissioned by Sightlines and produced at The Ohio Theatre, NYC.

New full-length plays by Susan Hansell include the historically-driven three-act experimental drama At Dawn with the Rain and the Stars, from which the first act was presented in 2019 by The Shattered Glass Project in Seattle and the second act was presented in 2017 at the William Inge Festival then produced as Every Concentrated Fragment in the 2020 Bay Area Women's History Festival and in 2018 at the Tucson One-Act Festival; the futuristic-absurdist comedy An Ocean of Bees, an early portion of which was presented in 2018 at The Tank NYC by the Bechdel Group then selected for development by The Bridge Initiative and presented at the 2019 Bechdel Test Festival 2.0 (Phoenix); and the experimental rom-com, Waiting for a Table at the Garden of Eden, from which a ten-minute stand-alone excerpt (In the Beginning...) was presented at the Midwest Dramatists Conference in 2017.

Susan Hansell is a member of the Dramatists Guild. 


Email Susan Hansell directly at: <>.


Original Stage Productions and Readings:          

Who Will Witness for the Witness, the St. Louis Actors' Studio for the LaBute New Theater Festival at the Gaslight (LORT) Theater, August 2020 (production) - cancelled due to COVID-19.

Every Concentrated Fragment. 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa CA, Women's History Festival/Bay Area Women's  Theater Project, February 28 - March 8, 2020 (production). 

Who Will Witness for the Witness. The Shattered Glass Project, Seattle. Nov. 15, 2019 7:30 - 9:30 pm. (reading).

Who Will Witness for the Witness. Itinerant Theatre's "Women Leading:  New Play Series" May 24, 2019 (reading).

A History. The Alternative Theater's Off-Broadway "Altered Minds" Festival, May 6, 2019 in NYC (reading).
An Ocean of Bees. The Bechdel Test Festival, Tempe Center for the Performing Arts (Phoenix), April 27, 2019 (reading). 

A History. Panglossian Productions. Podcast of cold reading with discussion. Available free through iTunes and Podbean via <>. Release date April 7 & April 8, 2019, Season 2 Episode 5.

Every Concentrated Fragment. Tucson Players 3rd Annual One-Act Play Festival, Tucson Playhouse, July 13 - 29, 2018 (production). 

An Ocean of Bees.
The Bechdel Group Spring Reading Series. March 5, 2018. The Tank, New York City (reading).

In the Beginning... The Midwest Dramatists Center Conference, September 28-30, 2017 (reading).

Every Concentrated Fragment. The William Inge Center's 36th Annual Theatre Festival, April 19-23, 2017 (reading).

My Medea.
Cal Rep, Players Theatre, Long Beach, March 4 – 19, 2005 (production). 

Affair on the Air. The Harold Clurman. Love Creek Productions, NYC. March-April, 1999 (production).

American Rose. The Ohio Theatre, NYC. Sightlines Theatre Company Productions, March 6-15, 1997 (production).  


American Rose: Our Gals on the Homefront, 1941-1945. Commissioned by Sightlines Theatre Company in September and produced at the Ohio Theatre in NYC, March 6-15, 1997. 


“Cal Rep’s My Medea.” Mike Guardabascio. The Long Beach Union Weekly. Vol. 56, Issue 8. 14 March 2005.  11.

“CSULB’s Performance of My Medea.” Mike Guardabascio. The Long Beach Union Weekly. Vol. 56, Issue 8.  14 March 2005.  7.

“Greek Theater, Modern Touch at CSULB.” Harry Saltzgaver. The Long Beach Grunion Gazette. 10 March 2005:  26A.

“Not Like Greek Tragedy, but a Good Show.” Alessandra Djurklon. The Long Beach Press Telegram. 10 March 2005.  U Entertainment.

“O.J. Simpson in News Again with CSULB’s My Medea.” Katie DeBoer. The Daily 49er. Vol. LV, No. 86. 9 March 2005.

Critical Studies:

"Highfalutin Greeks." Neal Storrs. Oasis 5.2  Oct.-Dec. (1996): Editor's Foreword.

"Disability in Western Culture." Jenny Morris. Pride Against Prejudice. London: The Woman's Press, 1991. 84-116.


E. A. Biderman Prize, inaugural recipient.

Publications - Plays

“We Are All Dick 3.” Oasis 11.3 Oct.-Dec. (2003): 26-62.

“Little Kings.” Oasis  10.1 Jan.-Mar. (2002): 29-56.

"Mary Mary." Inflatable Magazine 5, 1999. Also at < Oracle/2515> (click on Issue 5). 

"Rollover Othello." Oasis 5.1 July-Sept. (1996): 27-36.

"My Medea." The Best American Short Plays, 1996-97. Ed. Young. New York: Applause Books, 1998. 95-133.

"My Medea." The Best American Short Plays, 1995-97. Eds. Stein and Young. New York: Applause, 1997. 354-389.

"Don't." More Monologues for Women by Women. Ed. Haring-Smith. Portsmouth NH: Heinemann, 1996. 61-3.

"Affair on the Air." More Monologues for Women by Women. Ed. Haring-Smith. Portsmouth NH: Heinemann, 1996.  58-60.

Publications - Poems:

"Missings/s," "Don't Be Evil" and "The Boyfriend Marriage." Spot Literary Magazine Vol. 10 (2017):  101-109.

"As Usual." Rip Rap 28 (2006): 113-4.

"Now and Then Again: Homage to James Schuyler." The Ragged Edge. Ed. Shaw. Louisville:  Avocado, 1994.  109-111.

"Winter Pears." Disability Rag Nov.-Dec. (1992): 33.

“From The L.A. Horoscope Poems.” The Portable Californian 1 (1992): 28.

"Odysseyan: Excerpts from the Epic/Epoch."  Phoebe  3.1  (1991):  4-5.

"Every House Plant."  Metis 7 (1991): 6.

“The Wolf.”  Pride Against Prejudice. Morris. London: The Woman's Press, 1991.  6-8.

Publications - Essays:   

"Re/fractions from Los Angeles." Phoebe 4.1 (1992): 19-22.

Publications - Translations:

Forced to Move. Renato Camarda. Trans. Susan Hansell. Berkeley: New Americas, 1991.


Faculty Appointments:

California State University, Long Beach, Departments of English, History and Theatre, 2000-2007. Lecturer in upper-level Literature (370; 385), Theory (384), and Pedagogy (400) courses, in History of American Women (485), in Theory of Theatre Aesthetics (696), in lower and upper level composition and literature (1; 100; 270; 309) and in interdisciplinary general education courses (372).

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 1994-2000. Lecturer in the graduate M.F.A. Program in Playwriting: Taught the M.F.A. program tutorials for the graduate-level student playwrights. Lecturer in Core 6 (Landmarks in Literature) Courses; Lecturer in Multi-Disciplinary Composition.

University Degrees:

Master of Fine Arts: Brooklyn College of The City University of New York. 

Master of Arts: San Francisco State University. 

Bachelor of Arts: University of California, Berkeley. 

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