Metal Memoirs

I began my entertainment career at the age of 17 when I signed up to write the music column for $10 an article at UNCW. Then I got a gig at Fuse TV behind the scenes learning everything I could about music television before it notoriously crashed and burned.

From the ashes of a VJ dream, I studied drama (in between band practice and reporting for public access broadcast news). Today you can find me writing in dimly lit cafés, shredding moody riffs, and (when the eyeliner runs out) taking improv at The Groundlings. - Satu Runa
(photo circa 2004: the music television years)


Actress, Satu Runa. photo: Daniel Rojas

Actress, Satu Runa. photo: Daniel Rojas

Hailing from the grey, oceanic realm of Nova Scotia, Satu's Indo-Trinidadian mother and Finnish father gave her a multicultural childhood filled with piano, ballet, and most notably, theatre. This led to a certificate in drama from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, training with notable teachers such as Academy Award winner, Mark Rylance, Anthony Zerbe (American Hustle, The Matrix Reloaded), and Andrew Wade (Royal Shakespeare Company).

Performing in various theater productions in New York and San Francisco (Cabaret, Winter's Tale, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Jesus Christ Superstar, Trojan Women), Satu has also appeared on TV shows such as Dawson's Creek, The Eric Andre Show, including a recurring role as "Officer Shireen" on Rizzoli & Isles. She has performed several supporting and lead roles in independent films (The Coalition, Magnolia Pictures).

Satu Runa began her versatile entertainment career while earning a B.A. in Communication Studies (University of North Carolina at Wilmington). She wrote music reviews for her college newspaper, The Seahawk. She interned at Fuse TV (at the popular heavy metal series Uranium)then became on-camera talent handling red carpets and press junkets for a public access news program, E-Asylum, (Comcast Networks) in Jersey City, NJ. In the fashion world, Satu has walked the runway for New York Fashion Week (Kidear Youmans, Narham) and has been a cover model for Revolver and Lollipop Magazine.

Recently, she produced a successful Kickstarter campaign for the comedy TV pilot, Queen Gorya, in which she served as executive producer, director, and star. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Ms. Runa also enjoys singing and plays a mean guitar (formerly with Modern Time Machines) and has played piano since she was five years old.