Susan worked as a professional actress from 1973 through 1991 in various theatres in Kansas City, New York City, San Francisco and Omaha, NE. A teacher since 1980, Susan teaches classes and workshops in acting, auditioning and dialects for the stage. She is also a voice talent for a large number of radio and television commercials as well as for animated films.
Prior to coming to Omaha, Susan worked for Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, GA. She performed for three years as an on-air talent for SuperstationWTBS/Atlanta in a children´s show entitled Superstation FunTime from 1980 to 1983.
Susan has been a member of the Artistic Staff at the Omaha Playhouse since 1987 and now serves as the Playhouse´s Associate Director. She directs productions for both the Omaha Playhouse and its professional touring wing, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan.
Directing from four to six shows a year, some of her favorite productions include: Ragtime, Bus Stop, Not About Nightingales, A Man of No Importance, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Carousel, The Secret Garden, Violet, The Women, Our Country's Good, Once on This Island, and The Spitfire Grill. Other directing credits include two seasons with Omaha"s Shakespeare on the Green, as director of both Love's Labour's Lost in 1994 and 1997"s Much Ado About Nothing.
An occasional playwright, Susan wrote three musicals for young people with her partner, composer Jonathan Cole, who died in 1999. All three musicals have been performed by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan as well as by other theatres in the United States. They include Conestoga Stories (published by Anchorage Press), Alice: A Curious Adventure and Take the Sky. Susan also penned six scripts concerning AIDS/HIV Awareness for the Douglas County Health Department, which have been presented throughout the Omaha area in schools and community groups.
Susan currently spends time at The Warehouse, a sound studio, where she directs voice actors for the new DIC Productions animated series, Horseland.
Susan resides in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband Dennis W. Collins, an attorney. She has one son, Benjamin Wyman Beck.