Susana Cook"Susana Cook is among the best artists working in America, doing cultural work that will transform the way we see things" - Martha
Wilson, Franklin Furnace

Susana Cook is is a New York-based playwright, performer and director who works in political theater. She has been writing and producing original work for over 20 years. Born in Argentina, Susana graduated from the National School of Drama in Buenos Aires and trained in theater in Paris before moving to the United States in 1991.

Susana's current work focuses on parallels between the dictatorship in Argentina and the present U.S. administration. Concerned with issues such as racism, classism, nationalism, and homophobia, Susana creates powerful political satires that use humor as a tool for exposing the rationales used by those in power to justify oppressions against minorities.

Susana has staged 16 original plays in venues across New York City, including Dixon Place, PS. 122, W.O.W Cafe Theater, Ubu Rep, Theater for the New City, The Puffin Room, and The Kitchen. Her shows have also been featured internationally in Spain, Argentina, India, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and Canada. She has led workshops and performed at Yale and Michigan Universities, Barnard and Williams College, among others.

Her recent shows include Hamletango, 100 Years of Attitude, Dykenstein, Spic for Export, and The Values Horror Show. For her theatrical innovation and excellence,

Susana has received awards from Franklin Furnace, the Astraea Foundation, Arts International, the Puffin Foundation, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Download Susana's resume (Word document).

Photograph by Cid Isbell, from Queer Ramblings Magazine top

© Susana Cook 2009
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