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Susan’s most recent credits include: C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation episode “Bittersweet” (Oct. 5, 2011) starring Ted Danson and Jorja Fox. This is her second appearance on C.S.I. (see: Grissom Versus the Volcano). In the last few years she appeared in “Safe Harbor” with Treat Williams and Nancy Travis,“Cold Case”, and N.C.I.S. Susan recently wrote, directed and starred in “The Eastern/Western Singer”, a short film/mockumentary. She’s currently busy writing and film making with her company, ZenGleam Filmz. Company Motto: “Shine Bright and Prosper!” Susan has been performing ever since she can remember. From putting on family plays with her siblings, to competing in talent shows, Susan has been performing her entire life. Her parents Peter and Christine Diol supported the aspiring young actor’s desire to perform in front of an audience. This led to her attending and performing at an early age in the children’s theatre in Chicago, Illinois followed by school productions in her hometown of Worthington, Ohio. As a teenager she attended prestigious Cranbrook Summer Theatre School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and went on to act in various Worthington, High School performances. After High School she studied theater at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio where she earned a B.F.A. in Theatre. Following college, Susan furthered her studies in New York and L.A. with such theater greats such as Jose Quintero and Shawn Nelson. Susan’s post college acting credits includes two national television commercials and regional theater productions of “I’m Not Rappaport”, “Brighton Beach Memoirs”, “Twelfth Night”, “Miss Firecracker Contest”, “Crimes of the Heart”, “Fried Chicken & Invisibility”, and “Camille.” Susan Diol’s first big break was replacing Amanda Plummer in “You Never Can Tell” On Broadway in NYC at Circle in the Square. She was thrilled to be acting with Uta Hagan, Victor Garber and John Cullum. She also performed at the Kennedy Center in Nagel Jacksons play,”Opera Comique” with Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Charlotte Moore and Brian Bedford. Her first television role was on, “The Cosby Show” where she appeared in two episodes “The Shower”and the following year in “Home for the Weekend” as Cheryl. That same year she landed the role as Claudia Garrison in Jay Presson Allen’s television series, “Hothouse” with Joseph Sommer, Michael Jeter, Michael Learned, and Katherine Borowitz. She moved to L.A. after starring with Bruce Boxleitner in the TV Movie “Road Raiders”, working with Nobel Willingham, Tea Carrere, Leslie Jordan and Clyde Kusatsu. She also guest starred in the television drama “Her Deadly Rival” with Harry Hamlin and Annie Potts. Memorable television series Guest spots include: John Larroquettes baby sister on “Night Court”, Dean Stockwell’s wife on,“Quantum Leap”. Robert Piccardo’s love interest on “Star Trek: Voyager” and Seinfeld’s, “The Nose Job”episode. She played a hooker with Tony Shalhoub and Tim Daly on “Wings”. She played a nun on “Murphy Brown” with Candice Bergan. She was a killer on “Touched by an Angel” and on two episodes of “Christy” with Tyne Daly, Kellie Martina nd Stewart Finlay-Mclennan. In Soaps, she played lovelorn Emmy on “Days of Our Lives” and the crafty phony preacher/con artist Angela Holliday along side actor Chris Cousins on “One Life To Live”. Other television roles enabled her to work with Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, Hal Holbrook, Carole Shelly, Robert Knepper, Megan Mullaly, Peter Strauss and Mark Harmon. Recent short films acted in: Family Man, Dear Superhero and Hostage. She is currently studying with Lesly Kahn Studios, Hollywood CA.