On the road with the Wizard of Oz
"The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"
by Stephen Adly Guigis,
directed by Matt Shakman
Frances in "Slasher!"
with Joanna Strapp
A childhood friend
A very nasty Goneril
in "King Lear,"
adapted and directed by Tom Beyer
Suzanne Ford was born Suzanne Riford in a tiny rural hamlet called Half Acre in upstate New York, in the Finger Lakes region, just a hop and a skip from her grandparents' dairy farm down the road. Earliest memory: jumping into a huge pile of hay from a great height in the hay barn.
Growing up was a bizarre mixture of two completely different worlds. One was the 4-H Club, taking care of a pony and showing prize Guernsey cattle, and the other, from the age of five, was starring in children's theatre productions, some of which toured around the state on a mobile stage. You name it, she played it ~ Cinderella, Alice, Dorothy, Puck, Jack, Red Riding Hood, even Till Eulenspeigel (look it up). After Kent School in Connecticut, where she won the Drama Prize, she majored in theatre at Ithaca College and, bravely albeit briefly, trained for opera at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester while at night dancing and singing on tables at the local Holiday Inn.
Leaving this glamour behind, she and her husband moved to New York, where she studied first with Stella Adler and then with the master, William Esper. She has appeared in more than 100 stage productions in NY, on tour, and in regional theatres around the country.
In Los Angeles she recently shot a series regular role in a new pilot (still top secret) and has worked extensively in TV and film, guest starring on shows including Fresh Off the Boat, The Cool Kids, Grace and Frankie, Swedish Dicks, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, Criminal Minds, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Anger Management, The Mindy Project, The Middle, Monk, Bones, How I Met Your Mother, House, That 70s Show, Las Vegas, Friends and many others.
Latest film: a lovely role opposite Michael Dorn in the festival-bound indie, Entwined. This followed a juicy supporting role in the Duplass Brothers' quirky hit Manson Family Vacation. Other recent films: A Date to Die For, Jack & Cocaine and You & Me. Suzanne has also played supporting roles in big budget features like The Apparition, starring Ashley Greene and Tom Felton, The Informers, starring Kim Basinger, Mickey Roarke, Brad Renfroe and Billy Bob Thornton, and You, Me & Dupree, starring Matt Dillon, Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson and Michael Douglas. Leading roles in smaller independent films include the thriller MoniKa with C. Thomas Howell, Darkening Sky with Rider Strong, Uncross the Stars with Barbara Hershey and Ron Perlman, and Of Silence with writer/director/star Jeremiah Sayys.
She appears regularly in theatre productions on the west coast, currently in rehearsal for the world premiere of Orson Bean's new dramedy, You People at Pacific Resident Theatre (where she is a member and has done literally dozens of productions). PRT is her favorite theatrical playground, since its members include some of the best directors, playwrights and actors in the country, and working with them is an education as well as a pleasure. Her recent work at other theatres includes a widely-praised Polly in Other Desert Cities at International City Theatre in Long Beach, as well as roles at The Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and Rogue Machine Theatre. She lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband, Alan Toman. Their beautiful daughter Caroline lives on the east coast with her husband and two children.
Closing night of
at Pacific Resident Theatre,
with pal Joe McGovern