Program Faculty

Suanne Spoke

A multi-award winning actor/producer, she has made over 150 appearances on stage/film/television, most recently on “Station 19” and starring in “Second chances with Jason Nash” for YouTubeTV.  She can be seen in “Whiplash”, “Wild Prairie Rose”, “Gastropod” and many others. On stage, Suanne has twice won the Ovation Award, the Garland Award/LA Weekly award for Best Performance in numerous productions and has also been awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award/Garland Award for Best Production/Producer. During her lengthy stage career, she served on the Board of Directors for both Company of Angels and Deaf West Theatre.

Suanne currently serves on the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, where she teaches acting in the Film Directing Program and in Character Animation. Suanne has also taught at Deaf West’s Summer School and does specialized audition technique seminars. She has served as an acting consultant for the UCLA Extension for screenwriters and UCLA/US Performing Camps.

She has had the honor of participating as an actress at the Sundance Lab, participated on panels for ActorFest (both in Los Angeles & New York) and judged the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Suanne most recently contributed to the book, “Perform; Acting for the Screen” and was interviewed for podcast/video “SuperImage, Ltd.”. And she has had the great pleasure of collaborating with her colleagues and students on several independent projects.

She is a member of the Television Academy of Arts & Sciences and SAG/AFTRA.