Susan Emshwiller has written and directed several plays including the critically acclaimed and award winning Brush Stokes, inspired by paintings of Edward Hopper. Her play Dominoes is scheduled for publication by Dramatists Play Service. Her credits as a screenwriter include co-writer of the Academy Award-winning film Pollock for actor/director Ed Harris.
Raised in Levittown by writer Carol Emshwiller and sci-fi illustrator and avant-guard filmmaker Ed Emshwiller, she later studied painting and printmaking at Syracuse University and filmmaking at CALArts. As a set decorator, her "day job" in Hollywood for many years, she worked with David Mamet, Michael Apted, and happily with Robert Altman on The Player (in which she is a featured actress), Short Cuts, Kansas City, and Cookie's Fortune.
In the Land of Milk and Money, a wild social satire feature written and directed by Ms. Emshwiller, garnered awards and rave reviews at festivals in the US and internationally.
Ms. Emshwiller is also a novelist, short story writer, poet, and enjoys improvisational carpentry with chickens and dogs underfoot.