Susan and Sara started performing together 15 years ago at Impulse Theater. Prior to The Novelistas, their first original show collaboration was The Mom(Me) Show, a comedy about motherhood. (They like to write about what they love most.)
Listen to an interview with Susan and Sara here, beginning at the 4:30 mark:
Sara Jade Alan
Susan Knudten has an extensive background in performance. As the co-founder of Denver’s Impulse Theater, she appeared in more than 2,000 improv shows and taught hundreds of workshops over 20 years. She is also a commercial actor and voiceover artist. More info and demos can be found here.
In addition, Susan spent 12 years developing her communications expertise at a large Denver-based foundation, including: writing, editing, publications, graphic standards oversight, and acting as webmaster. While there, she also served as chair of a national affinity group for communicators in the field of philanthropy.
Susan splits her time between performing and freelance communications jobs. Acting gigs include hosting corporate events, training medical students, and doing Crisis Intervention Training with law-enforcement agencies—especially interesting and rewarding work. Susan is also revising her first novel, Flünde, written as part of The Book Project, a competitive two-year program of Lighthouse Writers Workshop. In 2016, Flünde was awarded second place in the Mainstream/Literary category of the Zebulon, a writing contest sponsored by Pikes Peaks Writers.
With her son grown and on his own, Susan now spends a lot of time talking to her pets.
Sara Jade Alan's well-received debut YA novel, A MESSY, BEAUTIFUL LIFE, was published by Entangled Teen in October, 2017. Sara has 20 years of experience as a performer, writer and teacher. She received her improv and sketch-writing training at The People’s Improv Theater and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City, and was a cast member of Impulse Theater in Denver for five years.
Her original comedy scripts have been produced for stages throughout the country, and she performed stand-up on the USA Network as a winner of their College Comedy Tour.
In addition to teaching improv classes at several theaters and directing community groups in Colorado, Sara is a faculty member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Youth Writers Program. She also enjoys teaching K-8 girls with Girls Leadership, which equips girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice.
Sara has edited manuscripts for bestselling authors and worked as a Business Manager for a #1 New York Times bestselling author for seven years. Sara is also a past winner of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference contest in the category of Young Adult.
Sara grew up in the Chicagoland area and now lives in Denver with her husband and young daughter.