Highland Park’s Susie Steinmeyer put her love for acting on hold to focus on family but in 2009 decided she missed being creative and jumped back into the acting world with a scene study class at Piven Theatre. Desiring to act, she went for and landed a role in Murder in Green Meadows at Citadel Theatre and has been on stage ever since. Here is how Steinmeyer stays current between plays.
IN HER EARBUDS
“Sunday mornings are for jazz. Miles Davis, Chet Baker, John Coltrane. Perfect and mellow. Friday nights at home are for Rock and Roll. We have a record player and my husband’s old album collection. Listening to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, or Pink Floyd with the added pops and cracks of an actual record takes me back to my childhood. Nostalgic perfection. Hanging with girlfriends is for fun dance music spanning many decades. From Donna Summer to early Madonna to Brittany to Bruno Mars and Cardi B. When alone in the house or car, odds are you will find me belting out show tunes. Currently in heavy rotation is the Broadway recording of Mean Girls. The lyrics are smart and funny. It brings me joy!”
ON HER MOBILE
“Almost all of my family’s vacation time is spent at our home in Telluride Colorado which is an amazing year-round destination. However, I have lately been getting an itch to explore more of the world. So, I have been connecting to travel blogs. They are a great resource when you know you want to go somewhere but you are not sure where or even when. A few favorites are The Blonde Abroad for its feminine perspective on travel and bonus entries on wardrobe and packing tips. Earth Trekkers is a more family friendly site that has a good list of 10-day itineraries. I find this helpful in mapping out a realistic travel plan. Finally, I love The Wandering Lens. The photos are so beautiful and inspirational you will want to pack your bags immediately.”
ON HER NIGHTSTAND
“The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I love a novel that spans a character’s entire life or even better multiple generations. This book introduces us to Cyril born in Ireland to an unwed mother in the 1940s and then adopted by the Averys who make it a point almost daily to tell him he will never be a real Avery. He is a homosexual boy in Catholic Ireland, which is not easy. The reader follows his life through multiple moves and relationships into the present day. This book is at times tragic but also extremely funny. I have found myself laughing out loud. I love that the main character is as flawed and human as the society he lives in. While reading, I have had great sympathy for Cyril, and then a few chapters later, anger and disappointment. It is an epic emotional novel! Next up is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. It looks like another big emotional human story. This one set in Mississippi past and present.”