Bio for Gary Spatz

Biography and Resume of Gary Spatz, Acting Coach


Gary was born in New York and raised in New York and Miami then moved to Washington, DC to attend American University before making the move to Los Angeles.

In L.A., 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. 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.

Gary explains his time at the Mickey Mouse Club like this:

I was hired as the acting coach and creative consultant for the MMC with the responsibility to help select, nurture, and maintain an ensemble of 22 gifted young performers. I was charged with teaching daily acting classes as well as coaching all the kids through the daily variety show that was the MMC. Because each performer was also a host, I helped them with their hosting dialogue.  Also I assisted them with comedy sketches, interviews, and basically anything spoken on the show.  Sometimes I also felt like a camp counselor/mentor to the incredibly talented cast of kids.  As well as the sounding board for many of the parents.  It was one my favorite jobs and also the most challenging.  I loved it!

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 recently signed on as Acting Coach for Smokewood Entertainment’s feature film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2011 release).  The film is based on the critically acclaimed international children’s book series Judy Moody by Megan McDonald.  Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness (Precious) are producing.

Gary Spatz also regularly coaches young actors for auditions and call backs for feature films, theatre and episodic television. Gary created the young actors’ conservatory,The Playground, 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:

“My So Called Life”, “Felicity”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Wonder Years”, “That 70s Show”, “Full House”, “Step By Step”, “Growing Pains”, “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Scrubs”, “City Guys”, “Evening Shade”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Summerland”, “Melrose Place”, “The Nanny”, “All That”, “Recess”, “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody”, “Lizzie McGuire”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “True Jackson, VP”, “The Secret Life of The American Teenager”, and “Gossip Girl”.
“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” and “Million Dollar Baby”.

Gary Spatz’s Resume

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

The Playground – A Young Actors’ Conservatory (Owner/Director) / 2005 – present
Actorsite – 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


“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

• References

Irene Dreayer – Executive Producer, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”
Bonnie Liedtke – VP, Head of Youth Division, William Morris Agency
Joe Johnston – Film Director, “October Sky”, “Jurassic Park 3”
Judy Savage – Judy Savage Agency
Jay Daniel – Executive Producer, “Cybill”, “The Naked Truth”
Danny Jacobson – Executive Producer, “Mad About You”
Danny Kallis – Executive Producer, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”
Gayle Mancuso – TV Director, “Friends”, “Dharma and Greg”
Howard Gould – Executive Producer, “The Jeff Foxworthy Show”
Cindy Osbrink – Owner, Osbrink Talent Agency
Bob Meyer – Executive Producer, “Roseanne”, “Cybill”
Patty Gary Cox – Producer, “Cory in the House”
Dava Savel – Executive Producer, “Ellen”, “That’s So Raven”
Phil Rosenthal – Executive Producer, “Everybody Loves Raymond”


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