Susan Westfall

Playwright Librettist Dramatist

SUSAN WESTFALL is a playwright, co-founder of City Theatre in Miami, Florida, and long-time advocate for playwrights. As a playwright Westfall's works include The Bestseller, Two Weekends and a Day, A Stitch in Time, Look At Me (Published in “Best Short Plays 2011”), Rats, The Boy From Russia, Uprising, The Wedding Party, Passing Through (Heideman Finalist), With the Patience of Angels (Heideman Finalist), 1962, You Are Here, and Voices at the Mary Elizabeth Hotel. Her original one minute play Feel the Tango has been produced as a ten for City Theatre’s SUMMER SHORTS, been adapted as Be The Change, a 2016 LGBT political ten for Shorts Gone Wild, and most recently evolved as Feel the Tango! The Short Opera!, libretto by Westfall and music by composer Joseph Illick, that performed at Performance Santa Fe and the Fort Worth Opera in a program of short operas called Brief Encounters. In 1996 Susan co-founded City Theatre, the only professional theatre in the country dedicated to developing and producing new work, specifically short form plays and musicals. Currently Literary Director, she coordinates the company’s outreach to playwrights, agents and publishers, its City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest, and literary responsibilities for City Theatre’s productions of SUMMER SHORTS, WINTER SHORTS, CITY SHORTS, SHORTS GONE WILD, SHORT CUTS, FIRST READS, and programs including the NextGen student playwright development program, and CityWrights: Professional Week for Playwrights, a summer conference and occasional series of workshops for local, regional, national playwrights and other artists to engage in creative and professional development. She has expanded City Theatre’s national relationships in support of its work with plays and playwrights, with the Dramatists Guild, the Dramatists Foundation, the National New Play Network, NPX and Samuel French Publishing, where she is a frequent judge for its prestigious OOB Festival in New York City. Westfall previously worked at the Folger Theatre Group in Washington, D.C., the Coconut Grove Playhouse, and taught playwriting for the high school and college programs at the New World School of the Arts in Miami. She was a founding board member of the South Florida Theatre League, a recipient of a Florida Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship, and has a Remy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre by the South Florida Theatre League. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwrights Center, and Theatre Communications Group. Susan is a rare native Miamian, holds a BFA in Playwriting from FSU, has two sons, and lives on Key Biscayne with her husband Alan and their menagerie of critters.