In the early eighties, as an advocate of equestrian and youth sports,
Suzanna conceived and then became co founder of Show Park of San Diego/
Del Mar Horse Park. There began her over 20 years of being involved with
philanthropic organizations benefiting children.
Upon moving to the Los Angeles area in the late eighties, she became
a member of The Nine O’Clock Players Theatre for Children, a service of
Assistance League of Los Angeles that has provided musical productions of
classical children’s literature since 1929.
There she met Edward A. Landry , Trustee of the Walter Lantz Foundation,
and Maurice Stein, Academy Award-winning makeup artist and founder of
Cinema Secrets. Her long association with both allowed her to create special
magic in the children’s theater and its productions through their generous
As a victim of bullying during her youth, Suzanna’s great hope growing
up was to one day do something so other children wouldn’t have to suffer as she had. It was her work in the theater that led her to write MARIA AND THE MAGIC OF THE RAINBOW, a script for a musical about discrimination, bullying, friendship and forgiveness that celebrates our differences and embraces the belief that each of us is unique and special in the scheme of humanity.
After Columbine and subsequent tragedies resulting from bullying,
Suzanna decided to convert MARIA AND THE MAGIC OF THE RAINBOW
into a book, along with fun, creative and inspiring classroom activities that support the books messages.