film and musical theater director,
opera singer, actress.
After a one-year scholarship in San Francisco Susanne studied graphic design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, the city of her birth. She graduated B.A. (mag. art.). Since then she has been working as a freelance film director, screenwriter and animator on Austrian and international film and TV productions. Her movies and short films were invited to international film festivals and received several awards.
She also trained as a professional opera singer and is experienced as a soloist. She lived in Brussels for three years. There she presented her first opera and musical theater productions as a stage director, wrote an opera libretto and continued her filmic work. From 2009 to 2015 she produced and directed several documentaries in HD-format. In 2015 she started working on the screenplay to her debut feature as a director planed to start shooting in 2023. She is living and working in Vienna.
After a one-year scholarship in San Francisco 1983-84 Susanne studied graphic design, illustration and photography at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her main focus was on animated film. She graduated B.A. in 1989. Her partly animated short film „Egon kommt“ („Egon is Coming“) opened the doors to international film festivals, such as the renowned Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, and to the film industry. Her second short film „Salut Bambine!“ - A Comic-Strip with Real People, with only a minor animated part in it, had its world premiere at the Viennale in Vienna and opened the Hiroshima International Animation Festival 1994 where it was presented in the “Best of the World“ - program. She had the lead in both of the short films, both short films were awarded prizes, such as the audience award of the Women's Film Festival „Silence, elles tournent!“ in Montreal. In 1994 she also wrote the screenplay to the children's mystery „The Knickerbocker Gang: The Talking Grave“ which became the most successful Austrian children’s movie (co-writers: Thomas Brezina, Milan Dor). Subsequently she worked as a screenwriter and director on further film projects.
In 1996 she started her vocal training and received her diploma in professional opera singing in 1999. First, as a singer of the Arnold Schoenberg-Choir she sang concerts conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, and performed in opera productions such as “Saint Francois d’Assise” (Messiaen) directed by Peter Sellars at the Salzburg Festival 1998, the world premiere of “Cronaca del Luogo” (Berio) directed by Claus Guth at the Salzburg Festival 1999 and „Carmen“ (Bizet) directed by Andrea Breth. Then, as a soprano soloist she was on tour through Germany (Rosengarten Mannheim et al.) with the Viennese operetta “The Gypsy Baron" (Johann Strauss II) and was heard in recitals and concerts with a repertoire of classical arias and Lieder in Austria, Germany and Belgium.
In 2001 she moved to Brussels where she participated in workshops for opera directing with Willy Decker, Keith Warner und Christoph Loy at the Brussels Opera “La Monnaie”. Thereafter she put the musical “L’Homme de la Mancha” ("Man of La Mancha", french version) on stage for the Théâtre de la Balsamine and the Théâtre Molière in Brussels (27 performances 2003-2008, revival in 2019). She also created a documentary about the effects of globalization on women for the worldwide feminist network WIDE headquartered in Brussels which was produced to foster and support the political education and work of women worldwide.
Back in Vienna she first directed the “Four Virgins” in the famous orgy scene of “Moses und Aron” (Schoenberg) at the Vienna State Opera (directors: Willy Decker/ Reto Nickler). In 2006 her opera libretto "Under Milk Wood“ had its world premiere at the Tyrolean Capital Theater in Innsbruck, Austria. From 2009 to 2015 she produced and directed several documentaries in HD-format. In 2015 she started working on the screenplay to her debut feature as a director planed to start shooting in 2023. She is living and working in Vienna.