Susan Courtney



Westchester N.Y.

Girl in a Blue Armchair


Susan Courtney is an actress (Equity, SAG-AFTRA), director,and playwright. Her play, "Girl In Blue Armchair", about the American Impressionist, Mary Cassatt, was developed at the Actors Studio in NYC and produced in 2011 with a grant from NYFA. With a Masters in Theatre from NYU, Susan has been an Adjunct Professor of Theatre at WCC and teaches Acting at Croton Academy of Arts, New Castle CC, and various schools in Westchester.


Staged Reading of "Girl In Blue Armchair" A two act play about the American Impressionist Mary Cassatt. The time is 1877. The place-Paris. Mary Cassatt is working hard to get her paintings accepted in the Salon. She wants desperately to make a career as a professional artist-at a time when women were not accepted at the acclaimed Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Mary's sister, Lydia, is Mary's muse and avid supporter. With the help of Mary's maid, Mathilde, Mary is able to devote her time to her artistic ambitions. However, when Mary meets the radical, Edgar Degas, Mary's professional and personal life is changed forever. Mary finds out that success... has its costs. Five characters: Mary Cassatt, Lydia Cassat, Mathilde, Edgar Degas, and Emily (the little girl in the blue armchair) All actors will wear costumes. Accompanying music by Satie and Debussy. Powerpoint presentation of images of paintings by Cassatt as well as Degas & Monet. Black & white photographs from time period. "Of all the seismic shocks in Western art, none shook more deeply than French Impressionism." (Jerry Salz on the Met's "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity") (90 minutes)


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$600-700 Negotiable5 Actors, Director, Projectionist(Extra fee for Pianist)

Technical Requirements

Video Projector & Screen for Powerpoint presentation of images CD Player or Piano/Keyboard

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Susan Courtney


9 Stephens Lane, Valhalla, New York 10595


914 260-0023


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