About Gary Spatz

It has been Gary’s privilege and pleasure to work with some of the best and brightest kids in the world of entertainment over the past 25 years. Gary has had exciting adventures as a teacher, and as an on-set acting coach for many TV series.  Gary feels blessed to have had the opportunity to support the evolution of all the young talent that has come his way and it has been a profound experience to shape young performers.

Whether his students become professional actors, writers, directors, musicians, or dancers, his goal as a mentor is to nurture the creative source and be a positive influence.

Gary’s Biography and Resume

Gary was born and raised in New York and Miami before moving to Washington, DC to attend American University and then making the move to Los Angeles. In LA, Gary Spatz continued his study of acting with Paul Sills.  He was a company member (1978-1985) of the respected American Theater Arts in Hollywood where he continued training, performing and eventually teaching.  One summer he did a children’s workshop at The Young Actor’s Space, which was the epiphany that changed his life and where he started specializing in teaching children and teens. For the fifteen years after that, he was a teacher at The Young Actors Space.

For seven seasons, Gary Spatz served as the on-set acting coach for “Roseanne”.  He went on to work with Jonathan Lipnicki on “The Jeff Foxworthy Show”, with Tia & Tamara Mowry on “Sister, Sister” and later, with Tia and Tamara’s younger brother, Tahj, when he got the starring role on the WB series “The Smart Guy”.

Gary Spatz was also the acting coach for several Disney Productions including the feature film “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” as well as The Disney Channel’s “Mickey Mouse Club”, on which he also served as the creative consultant.

After completing work as the acting coach for the children on the Emmy award winning CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” Gary coached Dylan and Cole Sprouse for The Disney Channel series “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”  Gary also signed on as Acting Coach for Smokewood Entertainment’s feature film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2 years ago).  The film is based on the critically acclaimed international children’s book series Judy Moody by Megan McDonald.

Gary Spatz also regularly coaches young actors for auditions and callbacks for feature films and episodic television.  Gary created The Playground: A Young Actors’ Conservatory, in Century City, CA in 2005.  He is currently teaching classes as well as serving as director of the conservatory program.

Gary’s former students have gone on to STAR in countless television and film projects including, but not limited to the following:

Television:
“Pretty Little Liars”, “My So Called Life”, “Felicity”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Wonder Years”, “That 70s Show”, “Full House”, “Growing Pains”, “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Scrubs”, “City Guys”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Melrose Place”, “The Nanny”, “All That”, “Recess”, “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “True Jackson, VP”, “The Secret Life of The American Teenager”, “Gossip Girl” “The Honorable Woman”, “American Crime Story” and “NCIS”

Film:
“Into the Woods” “Bratz”, “Drillbit Taylor”, Terminator Salvation”, “Jurassic Park”, “Spy Kids”, “Boys Don’t Cry”, “October
Sky”, “Stuart Little”, “The Believer”, Planet Of The Apes”, IMAX “The Magic Box”, “Mighty Ducks II & III”,
“Honey I Shrunk the Kids”, “Phantoms”, “Camp Nowhere”, “Honey I Blew-Up The Baby”, “Forever Young”, “Sleepless In Seattle”, “The Brady Bunch”, “M.I.III”, “The Next Karate Kid”, “Dutch”, “Newsies”, “Great Expectations”, “Radio Flyer”, “Murder by Numbers”, “ Lord of the Rings”, “Dickie Roberts”, “Beethoven I, II & III”, “The Hunted”, “The Notebook” , “The Missing”, “Million Dollar Baby” “The Big Short” “Super 8” “The Social Network” “The Waitress”

• EXPERIENCE

Currently teaching classes for beginning and professional child actors and coaching many young actors for interviews, “callbacks”, and screen tests for feature films, sitcoms, and episodic television.

• TEACHER

The Playground – A Young Actors’ Conservatory (Owner/Director) / 2005 – present
Actor site – Children and Adult Workshops – Scene Study / Improvisation / 2000-2003
Young Actors’ Space – Scene Study / Improvisation for Children (6-18) / 1985-2000
American Theater Arts Conservatory – Games / Improvisations for Adults / 1981 – 1985

• ACTING COACH

“Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” – Smokewood Entertainment – Feature / 2011
“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” – The Disney Channel / 2004 – 2008
“Everybody Loves Raymond” – CBS / 2003 – 2005
“Triple Play” – (Pilot) – Disney Channel / 2004
“Magicbox” – (IMAX/3-D) – Director / Brett Leonard
“Sister, Sister” – Paramount / 1994 – 1998
“The Smart Guy” – Disney Television
“Roseanne” – Carsey / Werner / 1990-1997
“Jeff Foxworthy Show” – Brillstein / Grey / NBC
“Daisy Mom” – (Pilot) Director / Andy Weyman / ABC Production / 1996
“Mickey Mouse Club” – Disney Television / 1990-1995
“Davis Rules” – Carsey / Werner
“Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” – Disney Feature
Creative Consultant to The Disney Channel / 1990-1995