Susanne Flanigan (a.k.a. Squeeze-Anne, nee Cooper) was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. She began piano lessons at age 7, drama lessons at age 10, and picked up her first ukulele at age 12, at "Camp Tawingo." Also in her twelfth year, Susanne made her professional acting debut, playing Young Estella in the Young People's Theatre (YPT) production of "Great Expectations" (Toronto.) YPT became a second home to Susanne throughout her teens, and she lived for opportunities to perform on stage, both in Toronto and Mississauga. By age 16, Susanne decided to put piano on the backburner, so she could sing...sing...SING! While she never did pass a single singing exam, (oops!) her vocal training gave her the experience she needed to land leading roles in several local musical theatre productions, such as "South Pacific," "Oklahoma!" and "Anne of Green Gables." Susanne went on to pursue a B.A. Honors in Drama, studying at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario) and the University of Glasgow (Scotland.) It was at Queen's that she began songwriting (as a means of transforming her bad, angst-filled poetry into something more palatable, she claims!) Not long after graduation, she was on top of the world, with the news that she was to receive the Mississauga Arts Award for Theatre (Junior category,) and her first big audition resulting in an acting job with a children's theatre troupe. Susanne went on to dabble in Shakespeare and Greek tragedy, but children's theatre always held a special place in her heart. Her own child-like wonder, combined with a passion for learning, led her back to school (Humber College) where she obtained a degree in Early Childhood Education. Susanne was granted top honors for achieving the highest ECE average each semester, but she is proudest of having received the "ECE College Spirit Award." She brings this famous spirit, spunk and boundless enthusiasm to her work as an Early Childhood Educator, musician and composer. Her debut CD "Why, Oh Why?" is a true reflection of her personality-often wacky and energetic, sometimes introspective, and always theatrical.