Susan Kalan is a local arts advocate and arts writer. A native of Paterson, N.J., she received a BA degree in Speech Communications from William Paterson College, Wayne, N.J., in 1974, with a New Jersey teaching certificate in Secondary Education-Speech Arts/Dramatics.
Her 30-plus years in the field of journalism began at The Paterson News daily newspaper and with Hearst Business Communications, Inc., New York City.
She served as press representative for “Sojourney Into Truth,” the 10th anniversary show of the National Black Theatre, Harlem, under the direction of founder Barbara Ann Teer, at the Beacon Theatre, New York City.
Kalan and her family relocated to the Lehigh Valley in 1988, where she was involved in theatrical/concert promotion with OnStage Productions, Inc., and Concerts Unlimited, Inc., both in Allentown.
She was managing editor for Arts Alive! monthly magazine in Bethlehem and editor of The East Penn Press weekly in Allentown. She was contributing editor for the book, “The Will to Survive,” an autobiography of Auschwitz survivor Julius Jacobs.
Kalan is a member of the Arts Ovation Committee of the Allentown Arts Commission, which sponsors the annual Arts Ovation Awards Luncheon, now in its 23rd year.
She is former arts and entertainment editor of The Express-Times, Easton.