Stev Guyer, a co-founder of Shadowbox Live long regarded as a consummate entertainer, died today, March 29, after a long battle with cancer.
He was 63.
Known for his thick, white mane, Guyer was a musician, composer, actor, singer and editor for Shadowbox, 503 S. Front St. in Columbus' Brewery District.
“He was extremely passionate about performing arts, music, fine arts ... very passionate about sharing art across multiple platforms and collaborating,” said Katy Psenicka, chief operations officer and chief choreographer of Shadowbox. “That was really important to him.”
In December 2016, Guyer – then executive director of Shadowbox – removed himself from day-to-day activities of the troupe so he could begin treatment for stage 4 glioblastoma, Psenicka said.
Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain cancer.
Guyer returned in January 2017 as a consultant and was named artistic director emeritus as he sought treatment for the cancer, she said.
He lived the past several years of his life in Columbus' Olde Towne East neighborhood, but relocated to Clintonville a few months ago to accommodations that were more suited to man in his condition, Psenicka said.
He co-founded Shadowbox Live in 1989 and oversaw every aspect of performance and production of the company until his illness sidelined him, Psenicka said.
Guyer was replaced by Stacy Boord, who was named executive director of the troupe.
He is survived by his son, Gabriel, and grandson, Flynn Indiana, also known as “Fig.”
Condolences and letters of support can be sent to Shadowbox Live’s offices at 503 S. Front St., Suite 260, Columbus.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Stev Innovation Fund.
Go to dispatch.com for a photo gallery featuring Guyer.