Susan Yankowitz is a playwright, novelist, lyricist and librettist. Among her plays are The Revenge, Phaedra in Delirium (winner of the QRL poetic play competition); Under The Skin, Terminal, and 1969 Terminal 1996, both pieces collaborations with Joseph Chaikin's Open Theatre (Drama Desk Playwright’s Award); A Knife in The Heart (O’Neill Conference winner; West Coast Premiere October 2002 at Sledgehammer Theatre); and Night Sky, presented throughout the United States and internationally. Her plays have been translated into French, Japanese, Catalan, Dutch and German; they have been widely published and anthologized. She is also the librettist/lyricist of Slain In The Spirit, a gospel-and-blues opera with music by Taj Mahal; Cheri, an opera/music theatre work with Michael Dellaira; and bookwriter/lyricist of True Romances, a musical fantasia with Elmer Bernstein.
In addition to her work for the stage, she has written a novel, Silent Witness, published by Knopf, as well as several films and television plays. Her teleplay, The Prison Game, was aired on PBS, as was Sylvia Plath: Arrow to the Sun, which won her a WGA nomination for the best-written documentary of the season.
Her work has been honored by grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, NYFA, TCG, Berilla Kerr, McKnight and Rockefeller Foundations. She is a frequent fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell, and is a member of New Dramatists, PEN, the Dramatists Guild, and WGA.