Susan Soon He Stanton is a playwright, television and screenwriter, originally from the consonant-free town of Aiea, Hawai‘i, now based in New York. Her work has appeared at Clubbed Thumb, East West Players, Playwrights Horizons, Kennedy Center, The Flea, Honolulu Theater For Youth, Southern Rep, Joe’s Pub, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Perry Mansfield, and others.
She is a two-time Sundance Institute’s Theater Lab Resident Playwright, and member of Playwrights Center Core Writers, the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, P73’s Interstate 73, and MaYi Playwrights Lab.
She is an alumna of The Civilians R&D Group, Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab, The Women’s Project Lab, Hedgebrook, and Terra Nova GroundBreakers.
Awards and honors include the Venturous Playwrights Fellowship, Leah Ryan’s Feww Award, Kilroy’s List 2015 & 2016, Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize Runner-up, Susan Glaspell Prize Finalist, a Susan Smith Blackburn nomination, Po’okela Award for best new play, and a NET Partnership Grant with Satori Group. From Kumu Kahua, she has won four playwriting awards, Hawai’i Prize (x 2) and Resident Prize (x 2).
She is a 2016 recipient of South Coast Rep’s Elizabeth George Emerging Writers Commission. Other commissions include Yale Repertory Theater, Live Source, Kumu Kahua, Honolulu Theater for Youth, New Sounds Theater, and Second Generation.
Plays include Takarazuka!!!, Today Is My Birthday, SEEK, The Things Are Against Us, Cygnus, The Underneath, Furball, and more. She has worked as a writing consultant for Disney Creative Entertainment. She received a Feature Film Development Grant and Screenwriting Award from the Sloan Foundation, and a Leviathan Lab Film Production Grant. Films include i(winner of 2014 Hawai‘i International Film Festival Audience Award), Dispatched, Good House, and Same Will.
Susan holds a BFA from NYU Tisch’s Dramatic Writing program and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, where she received the Audrey Woods Fellowship and the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship.
She is a writer for the TV series Succession on HBO.
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The eighth annual recipient of Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers (FEWW) has been announced. Susan Soon He Stanton has won for her play “We, The Invisibles.” Stanton, selected from almost 400 applicants, was named the winner at this year’s Lilly Awards.
Susan Soon He Stanton's play "We, The Invisibles" has been named the winner of the 2017 Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers Award.
Susan Soon He Stanton's we, the invisibles has been selected as a 2017 National Playwriting Conference Finalist! See the link for more information: https://sites.google.com/a/theoneill.org/2017/npc-finalist-list