Welcome to The Playground!

The Playground is the premier young actor’s conservatory in Los Angeles and Orange County. Our focus is teaching young students the craft of on camera film and television acting. Learn more about us by clicking on the stories below.

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Want to join the Playground or learn more?

Whether you are preparing your child for a career in acting or just for success in life, The Playground is a great place to learn. Sign up for an interview with our admissions directors today!

Who is Gary Spatz?

Gary Spatz is one of the top child acting coaches in the world with over 25 years of experience working with children for entertainment industry projects including the Mickey Mouse Club, Roseanne, Everybody Loves Raymond and many more. Gary is still sought after to work with young actors for film and television projects. Gary has worked with many of the most successful young actors/performers in Hollywood from Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake to Dylan and Cole Sprouse! A complete list of Gary’s projects is available on IMDb and you can read his bio here.

Do agents/industry professionals refer clients to "The Playground"?

Absolutely!  We meet with everyone who is interested in learning about acting, but many of our students come through agency referral.  We also have students who are the children of studio executives, producers and directors.  We regularly invite industry insiders to our performance nights, where some of our more experienced students showcase their skills. This enables us to show agents and managers the quality of our program so that they will continue sending their clients to us. It’s essential for the sustainability of our own business that we keep the favor of the Industry by doing right by our students—and we do!

Is The Playground a talent agency?

No. “The Playground” is the premiere young actor’s conservatory in Los Angeles. Our focus is teaching young actors the craft of Film and Television Acting.

Is "The Playground" an acting school?


Yes, and so much more. The Playground is a young actor’s conservatory: a place where students are immersed in the craft of Television and Film Acting.  Young people of all ages look forward to coming here and taking part in our carefully crafted curriculum, a curriculum that has been personally designed by Gary Spatz.  We are extremely proud of our record.  Our clients include Ashley Argota, Jadagrace, Nate Hartley, India Eisley, and Kay Panabaker*.  Gary Spatz’s former students include Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Dylan and Cole Sprouse and many, many more.  A complete list of our former students can be found here.

*Ashley Argota is the star of True Jackson, VP.
Jadagrace had a lead roll in Terminator Salvation.
Nate Hartley has multiple Television and Film credits.
India Eisley is a series regular on “Secret Life of the American Teenager”.
Kay Panabaker has starred in a number of Films.