( 1958- )
Susan Kim was born in New York City and continues to live there. She received her BA cum laude in English and theatre from Wesleyan University in 1980. Since graduation she has worked primarily in television as a producer and writer. Some of her television writing projects include the Nickelodeon series "Gullah Gullah Island," "Allegra's Window," and "Are You Afraid of the Dark?". Kim has written for Public Broadcasting Service's series "Reading Rainbow," and recently she produced the children's special "Totally Tropical Rain Forest," hosted by Dudley Moore, for National Geographic, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1995. She coproduced the eight-part VINET/KCET series, "Television," which aired nationwide on PBS in 1989. In 1993 Kim received a Writers Guild of America (WGA) nomination for her coauthored episode "The Case of the Calpurnian Kugel Caper" for the Children's Television Workshop's "Square One TV."
Susan Kim is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America, and she is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. Her play Where It Came From was commissioned by Second Stage in New York.
Susan Kim's work is marked by a strong dramatic sense. Although her adaptation of Amy Tan novel The Joy Luck Club demonstrates the playwright's sensitivity in investigating her Asian roots, most of Kim's work explores the dangers of contemporary urban life. Rapid Eye Movement is a one-act play that critic Mel Gussow described as a "delusionary comedy" that takes place in a