After years of devoting her life to her family, and to nursing, Suzanne Johnson listened to her heart and made the leap from being a mother and nurse to following her dream of an acting career.  She began her journey by enrolling in acting classes and combing the internet for casting announcements, gamely submitting herself for every part she thought would be a good fit.  

 

In her first feature film, Empty Space, a powerful drama, she was cast as a waitress in a rural diner trapped in an abusive relationship. After that role, she was hooked. A series of parts followed in several shorts, student films and features. Suzanne played a range of roles, including a mother to a dying girl in a faith-based film, the love interest of a sheriff in a rural town, a hippie psychic, and a Southern socialite with a poker fetish. It was a solid start to her film career but she wanted more. What would be the next big step?

 

Working with her acting coach, Damon Shalit, they brainstormed how she could further her career. They decided that one great course of action would be to not only act but to produce a film in which she could star. Damon suggested she read some screenplays, and also recommended Joshua Henkin’s best-selling novel The World Without You.  She immediately connected with the powerful material, and the character of grieving mother Marilyn deeply resonated with her. Apart from great similarities in their personalities, Marilyn’s trajectory as a mother who loses her only son to a terrorist act was an emotional journey that Suzanne felt compelled to fulfill.  

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Reel

 

Résumé

Film

The World Without You

Redemption Way

Empty Space
New Playlist

Poker Night
We Have to Go

Statuesque

Blackberries

Heart Failure
This is Cindy

Cellar Door
A Family Affair

Another Yesterday

Chuck Nasty’s

 

Marilyn

Mrs. Cooper Gladys Mother Jenny
Mom

Woman

Kate

Linda

Peggy Denise Cynthia

Jennifer Mom

Television

The Lyon’s Crusade

 

Jon’s Advisor

Training

Intensive 4 Day Workshop

Private Coaching
Private Coaching
On Camera Technique 1-3

Intermediate On Camera

Professional Program L1

TV/Film Audition

On Camera Workshop

TV/Film Styles Workshop

Core Acting/ Level 1, 2

Monologue Workshop

Intermediate TV/Film

Scene Study Class

On Camera Training
Audition Intensive Workshop

No Acting Please
Intensive Scene Study
Acting for Camera
Intensive Scene Study
9 Hour Film Workshop

 

SB Productions/Damon Shalit
Brad Podowski/bp videoplus

Beachwood Productions/ James Choi

Northwestern University/ Yvonne Zhang

Studio 22 Productions/ Jack Forbes

Brian Levin Cinematography
University of Chicago/Jake Russell
Ryan Colegrove Films/Ryan Colegrove

Columbia College/ Ryan Gunst
WB Photoplay Productions/Terry Miller

Fatal Funnel Films/Philip Plowden

Jess Drall/Art Institute of Milwaukee

Stephen Heil
Flightless Bird/Stephen Kipp

 

Kingdom Entertainment/Kyle Downs

 

Larry Moss (LA)
Les Miller (NYC)
Shawn Nelson
Michael McCracken, Janet Ulrich Brooks

Holly Allen

Steven Ivich
Shelby Cherniet, Becca McCracken

Holly Allen
AJ Links, Lauren Phillips

Jack Bronis, Gretchen Sonstroem

Amy J Carle
Janet Ulrich Brooks
RD Shalit

John Pallotta

Sarah Clark CSA
Adam Christopher

Amy J Carle

Sarah Clark CSA

Samuel Hunt

Blue Door Collective 

Training

Registered Nurse with ICU/CCU and PACU experience, quilter, knitter.

Representation

Ambassador Talent | 312-641-3491

Lily's Talent Agency | 312-601-2345

 

Gallery

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Volunteering as a post op nurse
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Helping children in Guatemala
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Producing

Although being in front of the lense is her first love, Suzanne recently made the move behind the camera. In her first film as executive producer, THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU, Suzanne not only led production she starred in the film. Acting alongside Chris Mulkey, Radha Mitchell, James Tupper, and more, Suzanne was thrilled to be a part of such an incredible ensemble. Currently, the film is in the festival circuit. 

The World Without You

It’s the summer of 2006, a year after the death of Leo Frankel, a journalist killed on assignment in Iraq, and his family gathers at their summer home in the Berkshires for a memorial.  Their disparate personalities, along with the overwhelming grief, provide the catalyst for old hurts and dark secrets to emerge that tear the fragile threads holding the family together.  

For a full synopsis on the film, click here.