More About Susan Tolar Walters
Susan found her love of acting at the age of 9 in her first stage performance of Happy Birthday Wanda June. After performing in over a dozen theater productions before college, Susan landed her first professional role at the age of 17 in the musical theater production of A Little Night Music in East Carolina's Summer Professional Theatre series. Over the years she has appeared in over 70 theatrical shows.
She attended East Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Acting and a minor in Dance. Upon graduation, Susan moved out to Los Angeles to pursue post-graduate study in film acting.
While assisting her Los Angeles talent manager, in exchange for acting classes at the famous Improv on Melrose, Susan learned the process of managing talent and submitting actors for projects as well as started teaching the new actors signed to the agency. However, a few short years later she put her acting and teaching career on the back burner while having children of her own. She soon realized, with having children, she could not stay away from her close family and moved back to North Carolina where, in 1993, she opened The Actors Workshop in downtown Wilmington.
After 10 years of teaching in Wilmington, a family illness took her to Fayetteville, NC where she opened The Highland Performing Arts Center in 2003. There, Susan taught hundreds of students in film acting, audition technique, commercials, scene study, and musical theatre. She also directed 13 plays in a short 5 year span.
During the summer of 2008, Susan moved back to one of her favorite places, Wilmington, NC. With much encouragement from local casting agents to become a talent agent, she opened STW Talent Agency in January 2009. As the industry started to move down to ATLANTA, GA, Susan decided to make the move as well. She moved her Main office to Virginia Highlands in ATLANTA in 2014. She also opened an office in Brooklyn NEW YORK in 2019. She prides herself in being a quality boutique agency for professional actors in the Southeast. This year marks the 11th year for STW TALENT.