Program Faculty

Suanne Spoke

A multi-award winning actor/producer/coach, she has made over 150 appearances on stage and in film & television, most recently on “Private Practice” and recurring on “Switched at Birth”.  She will be seen in the upcoming films “Dumped” and “Our Sweet Little Life” and is currently producing the documentary, “Warne Marsh: An Improvised Life”. On stage, Suanne has twice won the Ovation Award, the Garland Award and the LA Weekly award for Best Performance in numerous productions, and has also been awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award and the 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 in the Graduate Film Directing Program at the California Institute of the Arts, where she teaches acting. Suanne has also taught at Deaf West’s Summer School and does specialized audition technique seminars. She has coached on the set of “That 70’s Show” and 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 been a juror for the Newport Beach Film Festival and most recently, was a judge for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

She is a member of Film Independent, Women in Film, SAG, AFTRA and AEA.