Theater, film, and television actress Suzanne Cryer may be best known to audiences as the infamous “yada yada” girl from 'Seinfeld.' She was lucky enough to land this role soon after receiving her MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama.
Her love of theater led her to perform at regional theaters around the country. She created the role of Lisa in Donald Margulies' award-winning play, 'Collected Stories' at South Coast Repertory and then went on to be featured in the West Coast premiere of Tom Stoppard’s 'Arcadia' at the Mark Taper Forum. She was fortunate enough to fulfill a lifelong dream of starring on Broadway where she originated the role, to critical acclaim, of Josie in Neil Simon’s 'Proposals' directed by Joe Mantello.
Cryer went on to star in the ABC comedy 'Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place' with Ryan Reynolds. She has had recurring roles on 'Fraiser,' 'The Starter Wife,' 'The Fosters,' 'Shameless,' 'Dexter,' and 'It's Like You Know,' where she was reunited with Seinfeld producer Peter Mehlman. She has also been featured on 'The Closer,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Nip/Tuck,' 'CSI,' 'Medium,' 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Grey's Anatomy, among many other shows. Her film work includes 'Wag the Dog,' 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation,' 'Friends and Lovers,' 'Sex and the City,' 'Teen Beach Movie,' the Academy Award-winning short film 'My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples' with Helen Stenborg, and George Hickenlooper and Billy Bob Thornton’s original short 'Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade,' which later became the feature film 'Sling Blade.'
While pursuing her undergraduate degree in Literature at Yale University in New Haven, Cryer volunteered in the public school system and became interested in helping address the disparity between schools in affluent and underserved communities. After completing her BA, Cryer taught 6th grade in the New York public school system.
Although she left teaching to pursue a career in theater, Cryer remains committed to supporting elementary education in public schools, and addressing the decline of arts education in schools, particularly in Los Angeles where she resides. She is heavily involved in her local schools as a grant writer. As funding for her local Title 1 public schools in east LA has dwindled, she has helped create greening programs and various arts and music supplements for students through successful grants and volunteer efforts. She also spends much of her time working in classrooms assisting with visual arts projects and drama programming. Last year she collaborated with a local teacher in order to bring Shakespeare to 3rd graders, integrating this ambitious project with the new common core mandates. She edited and directed a production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the school and created www.midsummernightsdreamforkids.com as a resource for elementary school teachers hoping to introduce Shakespeare into their classrooms.
Cryer has been happily married for 15 years. She and her husband have three young children.