Shadowbox Live will schedule a performance this month to commemorate one of its founding members, who died March 29 after a long battle with cancer.
Jimmy Mak, head writer for the Brewery District troupe, said immediate details were not available as of ThisWeek's April 2 press time, but the tribute would be to the liking of Stev Guyer, who co-founded Shadowbox with Rebecca Gentile in 1989.
"It's not going to be a giant production but it's going to be what we do, which is performance-based," Mak said.
"He wouldn't want it to be stuffy," Mak said of Guyer. "He wouldn't want it to be overly sentimental. He would want it to be raw."
Guyer was 63.
Known for his thick, white mane, Guyer was a musician, composer, actor, singer and editor for Shadowbox, 503 S. Front St. in the 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 -- immediately removed himself from day-to-day activities of the troupe so he could begin treatment for stage 4 glioblastoma, Psenicka said.
He returned in January 2017 as a consultant and was named artistic director emeritus as he sought treatment for the cancer, she said.
Guyer lived the past several years of his life in Olde Towne East, but relocated to Clintonville a few months ago to accommodations that were more suited to someone in his condition, Psenicka said. He oversaw every aspect of performance and production of the company until he was sidelined by his illness, Psenicka said.
Guyer was replaced by Stacy Boord as executive director of the troupe.
Guyer was long regarded as the consummate entertainer who had a gift for editing.
"I came into the company as a fresh-faced goofball who wanted to be a writer," said Mak, who joined Shadowbox in 1996.
"I didn't want to be a performer. I didn't even know what that was," Mak said, "but (Guyer) got me onstage to learn the craft."
Guyer is survived by his son, Gabriel, and grandson, Flynn Indiana, also known as "Fig."
Condolences or letters of support can be sent to Shadowbox Live's offices:
503 S. Front St., Suite 260, Columbus 43215.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Stev Innovation Fund can be made at shadowboxlive.org/s-innovation-fund.