Susan Kim

TV writer, Playwright, Author


SUSAN KIM is a TV writer, playwright, and author. In children’s TV, she has worked as story editor/headwriter and/or writer for nearly four dozen series, both animated and live-action. Shows include two upcoming series from Nickelodeon, Welcome to the Wayne and Rusty Rivets, as well as Arthur, Cyberchase, Wonder Pets!, The Octonauts, Astroblast, Reading Rainbow, Jungle Junction, Handy Manny, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Oswald the Octopus, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Gullah Gullah Island, Speed Racer, and others. International TV credits include P. King Ducking (China), Cloud Bread (Korea), Jelly Jamm and Pocoyo (Spain), Hogie the Globetrotter (Malaysia), Fix and Foxi and The Peppercorns (UK), Sunshine Kathy (Norway), The Insectibles (Taiwan/Germany), Kit and Kate (Russia), and others. For her work in children’s TV, she has been nominated for the Emmy four times and the Writers Guild award five times.

Susan has also written and produced documentaries for PBS, National Geographic, HBO, and AMC. Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust was an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival and won special jury and audience awards at the Hamptons and Fort Lauderdale international film festivals before airing on AMC. Icebound opened the Alaskan Film Festival in 2012 and later aired on the BBC. The 3-part The Meaning of Food, hosted by Marcus Samuelsson, aired nationwide on PBS in 2004. She also won the Writers Guild of America award for best documentary for the PBS documentary she wrote about pre-feminism in the 1950s, Paving the Way.

In addition, she wrote the young adult fiction trilogy Wasteland with her husband, Laurence Klavan, for HarperTeen; the final installment, Guardians, was released in paperback in February 2016. She and Klavan also wrote two graphic novels, City of Spies (artwork by Pascal Dizin) and Brain Camp (artwork by Faith Erin Hicks). Both were published by First Second Books in 2010 and have received numerous awards from the American Library Association, Junior Library Guild, Scripps Howard News Service, and others. Her nonfiction book, Flow: the Cultural Story of Menstruation (co-written w/Elissa Stein) was published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2009.

Her plays include the stage adaptation of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club (Dramatists Play Service), the book to the original children’s musical, Merlin’s Apprentice (music and lyrics by Matthew Ward and Stephen Cole), and numerous one-acts, including “Death and the Maiden,” “Rapid Eye Movement,” “Pandora,” “Dreamtime for Alice” (published by Dramatists Play Service and Farrar Strauss), and “Memento Mori” (Smith and Krauss). Her work has been produced around the country and internationally.

Susan lives in New York City and teaches at NYU and in the MFA program at Goddard College.