Susan Batson

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Susan Batson
Born (1943-02-27) February 27, 1943 (age 78)
Alma materEmerson College
OccupationActress, author, acting coach
Years active1965–present

Susan Batson (born February 27, 1943, in Roxbury, Massachusetts) is an American producer, actress, author, acting coach, and a life member of the Actors Studio.[1]

Batson graduated from Girls Latin School[2] and Emerson College.[3] Her mother, Ruth Batson (née Watson), was a noted civil rights activist. She trained with Harold Clurman, Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof at HB Studio,[4] and Lee Strasberg. She has coached notable actresses including Nicole Kidman and Juliette Binoche.[5]

Batson won the 1971 OBIE Award for Distinguished Performances[6] for her performance in AC-DC.[3] On Broadway, she performed in George M! (1968) and The Leaf People (1975) and produced A Raisin in the Sun (2006).[7] Batson's work in Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for her.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1970 WUSA Teenage Girl
1977 The Choirboys Sabrina
1978 House Calls Shirley
1982 Love Child Brenda
1993 Quand Fred rit Short film
1996 Girl 6 Acting coach
Get on the Bus Dr. Cook
1999 Summer of Sam Bed Stuy Woman Interviewed
2000 Bamboozled Orchid Dothan
2005 Everyone's Depressed Annette Short film
2006 Running Out of Time in Hollywood


Year Title Role Notes
1969 The New People Elisa Rhodes Episode: "Comes the Revolution, We Use the Girls' Shower"
Gunsmoke Sister Blanche Episode: "The Sisters"
Gidget Grows Up Diana Otessa TV movie
1971 The Interns Hollie Episode: "The Choice"
1976 Delvecchio Clerk Episode: "Good Cop"
All's Fair Waitress Episode: "The Gang Leader"
1977 Police Story Baby Rose Episode: "Trial Board"
The Incredible Hulk Mrs. Maier Episode: "The Incredible Hulk"
1976–77 Good Times Waitress / Barmaid / Clerk 3 episodes
1978 A Question of Love Mavis TV movie
1980 Palmerstown, U.S.A. Episode: "Palmerstown, U.S.A."
1985 Stone Pillow Ruby TV movie
1991 Law & Order Mavis Episode: "A Death in the Family"
2003 Made Herself Episode: "Angie Is Made Into an Actress"
2017 America's Next Top Model Herself Episode: "And Action!"


  1. ^ David Garfield (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of the Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of the Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 277. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
  2. ^ a b Kelly, Kevin (January 16, 1973). "Susan Batson relives her part in 'Creation of the World'". The Boston Globe. p. 30. Retrieved January 15, 2021 – via
  3. ^ a b Kelly, Kevin (January 12, 1973). "Susan Batson tells her 'horror story'". The Boston Globe. p. 38. Retrieved January 15, 2021 – via
  4. ^ "Alumni". HB Studio. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Batson, Susan (2013). Truth: Personas, Needs, and Flaws in the Art of Building Actors and Creating Characters. ISBN 9780615904900. OCLC 942705299.
  6. ^ "OBIE Awards". American Theatre Wing and Village Voice. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  7. ^ "Susan Batson". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on January 15, 2021. Retrieved January 15, 2021.

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