Susannah Grant ’84 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015. She is an Academy Award-nominated writer, producer and director whose resume includes film, television and streaming platforms.
In features, Grant is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for “Erin Brockovich,” which earned her an Academy Award nomination, a BAFTA nomination and a WGA nomination. Additional feature credits include screenplays for “The Soloist,” “In Her Shoes,” “28 Days,” “Ever After,” “Pocahontas,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “The 5th Wave.” Additionally in 2007, Grant wrote and directed “Catch and Release.”
Her television credits include writing and executive producing HBO’s “Confirmation,” which earned Grant an Emmy nomination, a WGA award, and the WGA’s Paul Selvin Award. Prior to that, Grant created and executive produced the CBS series “A Gifted Man” and worked as a producer and writer of the Fox series “Party of Five,” which was honored with a Golden Globe Award and a Humanitas Prize.
Most recently, Grant served as executive producer, showrunner, writer and director for Netflix’s 8-episode limited series, “Unbelievable,” which was nominated for WGA, PGA, Golden Globe, and Emmy Awards and was awarded the 2020 Peabody Award.
Grant received her B.A. in English from Amherst. She is a graduate of the American Film Institute, and received the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting. In 2011, Grant received the Valentine Davies Award from the Writers Guild of America.
She is married to Christopher Henrikson and has two children.