About Susan Kouguell
Since 1990, more than 1,000 international clients—writers, filmmakers, agents, production companies, and studio executives, work with award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Susan Kouguell on their projects.
Susan teaches screenwriting at Purchase College SUNY and presents international seminars, including a summer session at the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic. Previous screenwriting teaching positions include Tufts University, Harvard University Extension School, and School of Visual Arts.
Susan presents film industry seminars for organizations and universities, including New York University, Pratt Institute, Boston University, Temple University, the New School, Lesley University Screenwriting MFA Program, Emerson and Hunter colleges, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, Screenwriting Expo, Screenwriters World Conference (NYC and L.A.), Scr(i)pt Magazine’s Pitch Xchange, Independent Feature Project, Independent Feature Film Market, New York Women in Film & Television, women Make Movies, Women in Film/Video New England, Atlantic Film & Video Producers Conference in Canada, New England Screenwriters Conference.
Author of SAVVY CHARACTERS SELL SCREENPLAYS! and THE SAVVY SCREENWRITER. Susan’s work was featured in NOW WRITE! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today’s Best Screenwriters, Teachers and Consultants (Tarcher/Penguin) and MovieMaker Magazine’s Complete Guide to Making Movies.
Susan is a contributor for Script magazine and other publications, including Writer’s Digest , the Writers Guild, IndieWire/SydneysBuzz and MovieMaker Magazine, covering international film festivals, filmmakers and industry panels.
SCREENWRITING/FILM GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
The MacDowell Colony Fellow, Pen Grant, The Edward Albee Foundation Screenwriting Fellow, Jerome Foundation Production Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Film Fellowship. Art Matters Inc. Screenwriting Fellowship. Cummington Community for the Arts Screenwriting Fellow. Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) film production grant. Brooklyn Arts & Cultural Association 5 film production grants; Artist’s Space Exhibition Funding Grant.
FEATURE FILM CREDITS
As a screenwriter, over a dozen feature-film assignments, including The Suicide Club (Anjelica Films), voice-over narrations for Miramax Films Murder One (Henry Thomas) Dakota (Lou Diamond Phillips).
Film production: And the Pursuit of Happiness – Production Coordinator/Research/Crew/Voiceover Narration Consultant. Feature documentary directed by Louis Malle; Rum & Coke – Associate Producer/Script Consultant. Feature film written and directed by Maria Escobedo. A Rain Forest Films Production; and Where The Rivers Flow North – Associate Producer/Script Consultant. Feature film directed by Jay Craven, starring Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, and Michael J. Fox.
JUDGE FOR SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS AND FILM FESTIVALS
The Writers Lab (NYWIFT/WGA East – Meryl Streep); NYC Midnight Short Screenplay Challenge; Women in Film/New England Screenwriting Competition; Emerson College Screenwriting Awards; NH Film Festival; Maine Screenwriting Competition; Independent Feature Project Beigel Screenwriting Awards; School of Visual Arts Dusty Awards; A.C.E. Awards (National Academy of Cable Programming); Brooklyn Arts & Cultural Association Filmsearch, American Film Festival; Thomas Edison Black Maria Festival.
Story analyst: Miramax, Viacom, Paramount Pictures, and Dustin Hoffman’s Punch Productions.
Acquisitions consultant Republic Pictures, and sought directing talent and acquisitions for Warner Brothers.
Independent Feature Film Market: In conjunction with the Independent Feature Project, developed the Script Section, offering consultations to hundreds of script directory registrants for five years.
Independent Feature Film Market Buyer Liaison: Work with filmmakers and international film buyers/distributors/producers, looking to buy/sell feature films/videos for all markets.
Susan wrote, produced, and co-directed with Ernie Marrero, six short films that have screened in over 50 international museums and festivals as part of the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art film tours. Collections and invitational screenings include the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, Museum of Modern Art: (six films acquired for their film archives), SUNY Purchase archives, Salle Beaubourg, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Jean Vilar – Avignon, France: presented by the Museum of Modern Art: “Cinema Experimental American 1905-1984.”(Guest speaker); Museum of Modern Art New Acquisitions Show. Museum of Modern Art: One Day… acquired for the permanent collection. Hirshhorn Museum/Smithsonian Institution.
SHORT FILM AWARDS
Bucks County Festival: Best Narrative; Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival: multi-prizewinner; Marburg (Germany) International Film Festival The Unica Prize: Most Outstanding Film; The BDFA Prize: (Association of German filmmakers) Most Impressive Film Striving in New Film Structures; The Bronze Medal; Berlin Interfilm Int’l S-8 Film Festival: Top Prize, Baltimore International Festival prize winner.
Librettist: “PraiseMaker” commissioned choral work for composer Alvin Singleton, premiered at the Cincinnati May Fest under the direction of James Conlon 1998 (performed again under Conlon in 2003 at the May Fest); Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Spano 2002 with performances across the country. The Singing Rooms CD released 2011.
Librettist: “The World Is Here With Me” composer Alvin Singleton premiered Spelman College. Librettist: “Braver than the Other” composer Jonathan Elliott, premiered St. Mark’s Church, NYC.
Violist: New York symphonies; Concert Tours to South America and Far East.
New York Women in Film and Television, Women in Film/Video New England, ASCAP. (Librettist)
Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program Fellow (Studio Program: Film/Writing); Purchase College, SUNY, B.A.; Jung Institute – Zurich, Switzerland (Music Therapy, Psychology).