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Susan Damante

Birth Place: Palo Alto, California

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Susan Damante's heritage is Italian, Swedish and Irish.  At 19 she ran for the Miss America Pageant, won the San Mateo County crown (with a musical theatre performance of "I'm the Greatest Star" from Funny Girl) and went on to win First Runner Up in the Miss California Pageant.

With her scholarship money she studied classical theatre under William Ball at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. She also trained at the Atlantic Theater Acting Studios in New York and in Los Angeles with Milton Katselas and Jeffrey Tambor.

Susan's film performances include, THE CANDIDATE with Robert Redford, THE STUDENT TEACHERS directed by Jonathan Kaplan (THE ACCUSED) and starring in the popular film trilogy THE WILDERNESS FAMILY.

Her numerous TV performances include the classics, COLUMBO and THE ROCKFORD FILES.

Her favorite role on the New York stage was Bev McHale in HER SONOMA STORY at the
Neighborhood Playhouse. She performed her autobiographical award-winning solo show: LIFE… DEATH… AND ENTERTAINMENT at many festivals, including New York Fringe.

A member of Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, she has starred as Madame Prefere' in THE GAMESTER and as Mary in the World Premiere of MORAL IMPERATIVE and as Mary in the World Premiere of DEATH WITH BENEFITS.

Susan has recently become  a filmmaker. Her short film, REPERCUSSIONS, has won several Film Festival Awards (Golden State FF and Silver State FF) She wrote it, stars in it and executive produced it. 

Celebrating 30 years of being Crohn's Disease free, she is currently preparing a new Podcast called "TELL ME EVERYTHING with Susan Damante" about overcoming adversity ...to be launched by Spring of 2022.

She has been  practicing Nichiren Buddhism with the SGI for four decades and is a dedicated volunteer leader .

Susan Damante News


TOXIC MURDER to Have Staged Reading at Theatre 40 This April

There will be a staged reading of new play Toxic Murder at Theatre 40 on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. Learn more here!
BWW Interview: Playwright John Strysik's Pendant For DEATH, VILLAINY & True Noir

Theatre 40 world premieres John Strysik’s DEATH, WITH BENEFITS January 27, 2022. Jeff G. Rack directs this dark comedy cast of Susan Damante, Cheryl David, Kevin Dulude, Larry Eisenberg and Philip Sokoloff. I had the opportunity to interrogate John on the reasons behind his DEATH.
DEATH, WITH BENEFITS Opens January 27 At Theatre 40

Theatre 40 presents Death, with Benefits. This world premiere engagement of a dark comedy, by John Strysik is directed by Jeff G. Rack. 
BWW Review: MORAL IMPERATIVE Asks How Far Would You Go to Get What You Want?

In today's world, many are passed over for promotion, often causing jealousy and bitter reactions to the person who does advance over you. But just how far would you go to get that job you want and feel best qualified for, at least in your own mind? And what if you feel that person in the positions above you was just so vile and wrong for the job that you became convinced the world would simply be a better place if that person was dead? Would you have a moral imperative to shove that individual over to the other side? That's the question posed by the new World Premiere mystery MORAL IMPERATIVE by L.A.-based playwright Samuel Warren Joseph, now onstage at Theatre 40 through October 17.
BWW Reviews: Tour De Force Fabulous French Farce THE GAMESTER at Theatre 40

The setting is Paris in the 18th Century with THE GAMESTER performed in rhymed couplets. But don't let the timeframe, language or fabulous costumes fool you. This story of true love, schemes, casual lusts, machinations, treachery and too many casinos feels as modern as today. After all, haven't we created whole cities and casinos galore aimed to pull in gamblers night and day? And don't we have Gamblers Anonymous for those who simply cannot stay away?

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