2018-10-01 00:49:11 UTC
Yvonne Suhor, Art's Sake founder and 'Young Riders' star, dies
By Matthew J. PalmContact Reporter
Orlando Sentinel Arts Writer
September 28, 2018, 2:15 PM
Yvonne Suhor, who helped train countless local actors at her Arts Sake
Film Acting Studio in Winter Park, died Thursday. She had been diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer 10 months ago, said her husband, actor Simon
Suhors passing came as a surprise to many she had not wanted her
illness to be known publicly, wrote her brother, Michael, as he paid
tribute to his sister online. Suhor, who worked in television, film and
theater, was 56.
She was a vibrant, spirited soul who fiercely and compassionately guided
so many performers to elevate their craft on stage, on screen, and as
human beings, actor Rob Ward wrote on Facebook. I learned more in one
semester as her teachers assistant and student than in all my other
acting classes combined.
Suhor was fondly remembered for her starring role for three seasons on
ABCs The Young Riders a 1989-92 Western about the Pony Express. The
large ensemble cast included Anthony Zerbe, Stephen Baldwin and Josh
Brolin. Suhors character, Lou, disguised herself as a man to join the
Pony Express riders and later shared a romance with The Kid, played by Ty
She also recurred on the sitcom Brooklyn Bridge and appeared on such
popular TV shows as Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: Voyager and
Northern Exposure. She will guest in an upcoming episode of Lodge 49
She had a good career but set it aside to teach acting to hundreds of
aspiring actors over the years, her brother wrote. She had the world
before her and chose instead to share what she knew best so that she could
improve the skills of others with her guidance.
Suhor opened Arts Sake in 1997 and in an interview described it as a
real hotbed of creativity with an amazing vein of love energy.
Actors at the studio, many in the Play de Luna program for up-and-comers,
were regulars at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Suhor herself was often
lauded in the productions. In 2002, Sentinel theater critic Elizabeth
Maupin praised her as a gritty, compelling Denise, a brooding,
antagonistic woman flying by the seat of her pants. She also won praise
for her 2003 role in the Fringes How to Make Love to An Actor, in which
she starred opposite Needham.
Suhon and Needham had met at the Orlando Fringe.
Born and raised in a large family in New Orleans, Suhor had planned to
become a teacher like her father, until a junior-college instructor
encouraged her to act, according to her biography. She stuck with acting
at Illinois State University, where she graduated with a degree in acting
She later worked with the well-known Steppenwolf Theater of Chicago,
appearing in productions there such as its award-winning The Grapes of
Wrath. She also toured Australia with Steppenwolf, in a production of
Lydie Breeze. Suhon received a master of fine arts degree from the
University of California.
In announcing her death, Arts Sake said she died surrounded by family,
friends and her cat, Jazzy. One of her last wishes was to be remembered
with a party, the announcement said. Details will come at a later date.
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