Susan Roether Zsigmond has been involved in writing and directing in Los Angeles since 1989. With a background in journalism and alternative book publishing in the Bay Area, Ms. Roether began working with independent directors at Farley Film Group and Pacific Ocean Pictures, writing and helping to produce low-budget films and documentaries in San Francisco in the early eighties. Her first-hand reportage on the making of the film Witches of Eastwick was featured in American Film magazine.
At First Stage in Hollywood, she became involved in directing staged readings of full-length plays from talented new playwrights, including the award-winning Boiler Room by Dan Fante; a one-woman show she developed with actress Virginia Morris; and Pitching Snow, an experimental play she wrote and directed. The drama, Daphne and Dr. Dow, which she wrote, directed and produced, was a Cinewomen project. Four of her other plays, including the comedy Leap, were presented at First Stage; and the ensemble comedy Surfers in Budapest, based on Roether's experiences in post-communist Eastern Europe, premiered at Monterey's New World Theater in a long-running production directed by Conrad Selvig.
Roether wrote, directed, and co-produced a short 35mm film, "The Facts of Life," in collaboration with her husband, cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, which was featured at the American Cinemateque in Hollywood.
She has also completed a novel, Two Serious Women.