Susan Hansell first wrote for the stage by constructing texts for Bay Area dancers, choreographers, and performance artists, including herself. As a result, stylized movement and physical elements remain theatrical aspects of her plays. Early pieces can be viewed on YouTube and have been published in More Monologues for Women by Women (Heinemann).
Subsequently in New York City, Susan Hansell began to write full-length plays with ensemble casts, including My Medea, a selection of the Best American Short Plays series (Applause); and American Rose, commissioned and produced by Sightlines at The Ohio Theatre in NYC.
New plays by Susan Hansell include the historically-driven three-act experimental drama Every Concentrated Fragment (one act of which was presented at the 36th Annual William Inge Festival in April 2017); the full-length experimental satire, 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 September 2017; and, the post-apocalyptic An Ocean of Bees, a part of which script was presented by the Bechdel Group in New York City at The Tank on March 5, 2018.Susan Hansell is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and she is married to the noted scientist, Gerald Uyeno.
Original Stage Productions and Readings:
My Medea. University Players, California State University Undergraduate Divsion, Players Theatre, March 4 – 19, 2005.
American Rose. The Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster Street, New York, NY. Sightlines Theatre Company Productions NYC, March 6-15, 1997.
American Rose: Our Gals on the Homefront, 1941-1945. Commissioned by Sightlines Theatre Company in September, 1996 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.
"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.
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 <www.geocities.com/Athens/ 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.
"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): 44-5.
"Every House Plant." Metis 7 (1991): 6.
“The Wolf.” Pride Against Prejudice. Morris. London: The Woman's Press, 1991. 86-8.
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.
UNIVERSITY DEGREES AND TEACHING HISTORY:
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 senior-level History of American Women (485), in graduate-level 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.
Master of Fine Arts in English, Creative Writing, Playwriting: Brooklyn College of The City University of New York, 1996. Comprehensive examinations under Jack Gelber in one-hundred
critical and creative works. Theatre Department course work with
Mona Heinze-Barreca in Dramaturgy, Translation of
Plays, and Dramatic Structure. Theatre Criticism with Doug Langworthy at the CUNY
Graduate Center in Manhattan.
Master of Arts in English, Creative Writing: San Francisco State University.
Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Sociology: University of California, Berkeley.
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