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Susanna Styron

Writer, Director & Film Lecturer

About Susanna Styron

SUSANNA STYRON is a screenwriter, director and documentary filmmaker. Her debut feature, Columbia Pictures’ SHADRACH starring Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell, which she co-wrote and directed, premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Susanna has written several TV movies for Hallmark Hall of Fame and Lifetime. She wrote and directed for the TV series 100 CENTRE STREET created by Sidney Lumet, and wrote for the Netflix series BORGIA created by Tom Fontana.
Susanna directed for the web series ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE, starring Brooke Adams; and wrote and directed the narrative short, HOUSE OF TEETH. Her feature documentary, OUT OF MY HEAD premiered at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, and won Best International Documentary at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.

Susanna’s non-fiction essays have been published in The Yale Review, Spin Magazine, The New York Times, and Real Simple magazine. She has taught screenwriting and directing at Columbia University (MFA film program), NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Mediterranean Film Institute in Greece, and currently Princeton University.