Susanna was born and grew up with parents Lee and Dan Frazer in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, where her actor father often worked nearby on Broadway (and then in tv and film). Later, as an actor herself, she co-starred on Broadway in The Nerd, and was the standby for Cherry Jones in Stepping Out directed by Tommy Tune. Off Broadway credits include Toulouse Lautrec at American Place Theatre, The Enchanted at York Theatre, 5th of July at ELT and new plays at E.S.T., Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons/Drama League, Womens Project, New Dramatists and The Lark. She is a member of Circle East (formerly Circle Rep), The WorkShop Theater Co., and The Dramatist’s Guild. Regional work includes leads in: The Glass Menagerie, Dinner With Friends, A Dolls House, Benefactors, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Gaslight, Pericles Marvin’s Room, 5th of July and many new plays. She’s appeared on several Law and Orders, N.B.C., The OA – Netflix, City on a Hill -Showtime, all NYC soaps. Film includes Uptown Girls and Lust life (opposite Bill Irwin). Susanna wrote and performed the Blackburn award-winning play Ellen Terry around the U.S. She has studied acting with William Esper – the two year Meisner Training Program, 5 years with Michael Howard, with Uta Hagen and Carol Rosenfeld, Riverside Shakespeare, Tim Phillips, and for voice Ed Dixon, Kristen Linklater. Before all that, in what seems like another life, as a child she attended The School of American Ballet and then toured the USA as a member of American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey, and The National Ballet. Susanna got an MFA in Theater at Brooklyn College where she won the Joel Zwick Award for directing No Child… She was then invited to direct at several NY theaters and at the NYU Tisch BFA program. Her production of Life on The Mississippi won the NYIT award as Best Production, directed at the Workshop Theater. She was appointed Artistic Director of the Morningside Players Theater Co. (MPTC) and there she has directed Arms and The Man, The Diary of Anais Nin, The Heiress, All My Sons, Dracula, A Month in the Country, Frost/Nixon, The Understudy, and We Have to Do Something. MPTC is now the grateful yearly recipient of grants from LMCC, Columbia Community Service and West Harlem Development Corp., plus awards from AUDELCO for best revivals of Fences and The Old Settler. Susanna will be directing Amy Herzog’s After The Revolution at MPTC in spring 2024. She is especially grateful for her fabulous family: husband Mark Hofmaier and son Luke and daughter Tess.
Member of, Actor's Equity Certified Teaching Artist