UPDATE: Happy New Year!
Directing 4 New plays in LA!
2020 has started off with a bang! After finally battling a several weeks long flu that started on a New Year's Eve ski trip, I'm healthy and back to the gym, indoor cycling and my yoga practice. The body is feeling good, and just in time for four new directing projects lined up.
First up...I'm directing a staged reading of Garrett Mercer's play The Honeycomb Theory with AMMO Theatre at The Pico (formerly Pico Playhouse 10508 W Pico Blvd) on Feb 29th 8pm. https://www.ammunitiontheatre.com
Next, is a new play by Aja Houston called Waiting that I'll be directing a staged reading of at The Inkwell Theater with performances on 3/11, 3/13, 3/15 and 3/16 at VS. Theater 5453 W Pico Blvd https://inkwelltheater.com
Then, I'm happy to be back directing for a second time with Pasadena Playhouse and Cal Tech's MACH 33 Festival of New Science-Driven Plays on April 2 at 2pm at The Pasadena Playhouse. I'll be directing a staged reading of playwright Hannah Manikowski's latest work called The Sunrise From the Moon.
And last, I'm thrilled to be working with Amanda Black again directing her new play Switches in a performance reading as part of the USC MFA Playwrights program on April 11 and 12 at 6pm at Cammilleri Hall, USC.
UPDATE: AMMO Theatre Company, Los Angeles- One in the Chamber: Things You Thought You Knew 4Plays/2 Nights
In the fall of each year, AMMO Theatre Company presents an evening of 10 minute plays written by local playwrights. A great part of AMMO's mission was on display on these two nights: "...celebrate unique stories that hopefully inspires our Los Angeles community to do the same."
I got to direct a haunting and emotionally charged piece by Dionna M. Daniel, A Bagfull of Stars, with a wonderful cast including Juanita Jenkins, Lyndie Greenwood and Jason Ryan Lovett. Can't wait to see what's next from Dionna.
She's doing some good stuff, ya'll.
For more on AMMO Theater visit https://www.ammunitiontheatre.com
Left to right: Dionna M. Daniel, Juanita Jenkins, Susan Dalian, Jason Ryan Lovett
Left to right: Jason Ryan Lovett, Susan Dalian, Juanita Jenkins
UPDATE: The Inkwell Theater, Los Angeles- staged reading of a new play written by Aaron Braxton and directed by Susan Dalian
For the past 8 seasons The Inkwell Theater Development Lab at VS. Theatre has brought a host of diverse voices from the playwriting community of Los Angeles as it "aims to bring the writer out of their office, or coffee shop, and into the rehearsal room."
It was such a pleasure being able to direct the first staged reading of their 9th Season with Aaron Braxton's play Broken about family, loss and healing. I had a wonderful cast who all jumped on board for a super quick three day rehearsal. And they brought it! http://www.aaronbraxton.net
A special congrats and thank you to the production staff of The Inkwell Theater- Annie McVey, Daniel Shoenman, Rosie Glen-Lambert and Jeffree Davis! If you want to find our more about The Inkwell Theater's programs visit www.inkwelltheater.com.
Left to right: Mihara India, Aaron Braxton, Susan Dalian
Left to right: Jeffree Davis, Yvans Jourdain, Aaron Braxton, Eddie Goines, Celestial, Pamela Shaddock, Derek Shaun, James T. Lawson II, Patricia Belcher, Mihara India, Susan Dalian, Annie McVey
Seated Front: Elisa Perry, Brandon Rachal
UPDATE: Meet Cute- matchmaking for theater people! Catch a Fly written by Amanda Black and directed by Susan Dalian
Meet Cute is the brainchild of directors Hannah Wolf http://hannahjwolf.com and Katie Lindsay https://katie-lindsay.com. "We introduce playwrights and directors and brings them together to stage a short play. All of our writer and director pairs work together for the first time.
We create connections that last and celebrate our growing Los Angeles theater community."
Monday night's sold out crowd brought out some of the best in the LA theater community. I had a wonderful time directing an amazing cast that featured Christian A. Henley, Jalen Stewart, Yolanda Snowball and Karl Calhoun. We were all truly blessed to work with playwright Amanda Black's edgy, laugh filled piece that packed a power punch surprise ending that left us all wanting more.
It was the third Meet Cute but trust me when I say that this will be a ticket everyone will want a seat at as word spreads about this exciting new event.
For more info check out the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/meetcutela/
Left to right: Yolanda Snowball, Karl Calhoun, Jalen Stewart, Susan Dalian, (center) Christian A. Henley
UPDATE: BITE ME accepted into Festival Angaelica Film Festival in Duluth, MN October 9-13, 2019
BITE ME has been selected to be screened at Festival Angaelica Film Festival this year in Duluth, MN. This year Festival Angaelica partners with Catalyst for five days of film programming from all over the world. We are so excited to be a part of this and can't wait to see what Duluth has in store for us. For more information visit: http://www.angaelica.com
UPDATE: The Narcissist Next Door SOLD OUT audiences for all shows and awards at Hollywood Fringe 2019
Ellen Buckley's new play The Narcissist Next Door had a great run during Hollywood Fringe 2019. Shows started with a sold out preview and remained sold out during the 6 show run. To top it all off the play was awarded a Fringe ENCORE as well as a Better Lemons DoubleSWEET Award where critics and audiences agree that the show is SWEET!
The cast included Luca Malacrino reprising his role as "Tony" the narcissist from the 11.19 staged reading at The Matrix, along with Kincaid Walker, Michael Nardelli, Réchard François, Dawn Joyal, Maggie Miguel, Bryce Harrow and Rob Harrow. To check out the audience reviews click here: https://better-lemons.com/production/the-narcissist-next-door/
UPDATE: Bite Me-the short film will have its World Premiere screening at Mammoth Lakes Film Festival 2019 Saturday
I am thrilled to announce that the dark comedy short film I co-wrote and co-directed with Marcus Nobreus will be screened at MLFF 2019 as part of their popular Saturday Morning Kids Block. The screening is at 10am at the US Forest Service Theater and includes live action and animated films from Europe being translated live by the funny and talented Flula Borg http://flulaborg.com.
MLLF was recently named for the 4th year in a row one of the TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE ENRTY FEE by Movie Maker Magazine.
To purchase tickets and learn more about the festival, visit
UPDATE: The Narcissist Next Door to have full production mounted as part of Hollywood Fringe 2019
I'll be directing a full production of the hilarious comedy The Narcissist Next Door written by Ellen Buckley as part of Hollywood Fringe 2019 at the Dorie Theater-The Complex Hollywood. The show will preview June 8th with shows June 15, 19, 23, & 29 at Dorie Theater-The Complex Hollywood. Actor Luca Malacrino (https://www.lucamalacrino.com)reprises the role of "Tony" the narcissistic neighbor who descends into the lives of best friends Sebastian and Kate, played by the actress Kincaid Walker. The rest of the cast will be announced soon, but in the meantime if you'd like to learn more about the show, and where to purchase tickets visit https://susandalian.wixsite.com/narcissistnextdoor
UPDATE: The Narcissist Next Door staged reading at
The Matrix Theater
On Monday night we had a lovely performance of a staged reading of Ellen Buckley's new play The Narcissist Next Door. An incredible audience of about 50 people joined us with their energy, feedback and laughter.
Stay tuned for more to come from Ellen Buckley and forThe Narcissist Next Door.