Susan Angelo grew up in Ohio, and began studying acting at Ohio University. From there, she transferred to The California Institute of the Arts, where she earned her BFA in acting. Years later, she completed her formal education, earning an MFA in Classical Acting from George Washington University and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC. But between those years of formal training, she practiced her craft by working steadily in television, film, commercials, voice-overs, and in the theatre, where she has played leading roles in over 100 plays at regional theatres throughout the United States and in LA and NYC.
While working as an actress, Susan also developed a passion for teaching and passing on the techniques needed to perform the great classics and other contemporary plays to students of all ages. She created arts education programs for thousands of children, teens and adults and developed a style of teaching Shakespeare, rhetoric and meter that she has shared with LA schools, theatres, colleges and other universities including NYU, USC, and California Lutheran University, to name only a few. She has conducted many workshops culminating in performance for a wide variety of advocacy groups and organizations that use the arts to cultivate a climate of healing and understanding, such as Warriors for Peace in LA and Advodah in Washington DC. Her passion for teaching Shakespeare to professional actors and directors continues both on-line and in-person in her private acting studio in Los Angeles.
Susan also has directed countless plays in the professional theatre and at schools and universities, ranging from large cast Shakespeare plays, to contemporary comedies and dramas, to intimate one-person shows.
In continues to work in television, film, commercials and voice-over in addition to being a Resident Artist at two of Los Angeles’s most revered theatres, A Noise Within and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.
As a mentor and coach, Susan meets each person where they are, and helps them to take the next step, and then the next. She helps actors learn how to do the work, to be a team player, and make specific choices that will tell the story at hand, whether it be heightened language scripts, intimate dramas, edgy comedy, soap opera, or improvisational non-scripted stories.