About Us

Home | About Us

The People

Susan Stein

Susan Stein is the author of Etty, an adaptation of Etty Hillesum's diaries and letters. Susan picked up the diaries in 1994 for fifty cents at a yard sale after her friend, Joan, recommended it. After reading the diaries, Susan wanted to give something back to Etty. She wanted to make a play of Etty's words and bring her to people who might not read the diaries themselves.

She began distilling the diaries and letters in 2006 meeting weekly with New York director and actor, Austin Pendleton to bring her adaptation to the stage. Etty has been performed in black box theatres, studios, libraries, schools and major theatres around the country and internationally. Some of these venues include: Yad Vashem, Israel; 59e59 Theaters, New York; Next Theatre, Illinois; Philly Fringe Festival, Pennsylvania; Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland; Smith College, Massachusetts; Boston College; Boston University; University of Ghent, Belgium; Bowery Poetry Club, New York; Fort Monmouth Army Base, New Jersey; The Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York; Anne Frank Center USA, Peekskill Performing Arts Center, New York; and the Etty Hillesum Center in Deventer, The Netherlands.

Susan Stein appeared in Arthur Miller's American Clock, directed by Austin Pendleton. She was seen at Luna Stage in A Parent's Evening. Susan studied acting at NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science and Purchase College, SUNY. She served for thirteen years on the faculty of Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ teaching Dramatic Literature, playwriting and the history and literature of the Holocaust.

Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton has been involved with this project since 2006. He helped adapt the script as well as direct the play itself. Austin Pendleton has an extensive career that spans over forty years. He is an American film, television and stage actor, a playwright, and a theatre director and teacher. Pendleton wrote the book for A Minister’s Wife which opened at the Mitzie E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. Recent New York directing credits: Between Riverside and Crazy at the Atlantic Theater Company; Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya at Classic Stage Company. He is directing Peter Sarsgaard at Classic Stage Company's upcoming production of Hamlet this spring. He is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is the author of Orson’s Shadow, Uncle Bob and Booth.

Kate Winton

Kate Winton is the Education Director of ettyplay inc. In her thirty years of teaching at Princeton Day School and The Northwest School, WA she has been committed to arts education. working extensively with the Lincoln Center Program for Arts Education in New York City, McCarter Theatre's YouthInk program, and Silver Kite Community Consulting. She has a BA from Princeton University and a Masters of Arts in Writing from Teachers College Columbia University.

Ricardo Barros

Ricardo Barros became involved in the project following a reading of the play. Ricardo is a professional photographer with a foot in both the commercial and Fine Arts photography worlds. He has exhibited in Brazil, China and Romania and his work is in the permanent collection of eleven museums, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum, The DeCordova Museum, Museu de Arts de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Museu da Imagem e do Som, Brazil.

The Company

We are a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of New York as ettyplay inc. We have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the United States IRS.



  1. Home
  2. Events
  3. The Play
  4. Reviews
  5. Testimonials
  6. Finding Etty
  7. Donate
  8. Contact Us
  9. About Us
  10. Partners
  11. Resources
  12. Study Guide
  13. Colophon
  1. Events
  2. Finding Etty

© 2008-2014 ettyplay inc


Modified: 2014 Oct 04