Study Acting With Gary Spatz

Portrait of Gary Spatz, Acting Coach

Gary Spatz

There are two ways for motivated young actors to study with Gary.

Gary is the director of one of the most successful acting programs for youth in the country “The Playground – A Young Actor’s Conservatory”. You can audition to participate by signing up at their website.

Gary also does private coaching for specific roles or auditions and can be contacted at (310) 286-6773 or via email at Spatz “at” Gary Spatz “dot” com.

Acting Programs at “The Playground”

Teaching acting classes is one of Gary’s primary passions in Life. He focuses on creating a workshop or classroom environment that allows the students to take risks and exercise their imaginations. After moving to Los Angeles, Gary studied acting with Paul Sills from 1978 to 1985, Gary was a company member of the respected American Theater Arts in Hollywood where he continued training, performing and eventually began teaching. For the fifteen years after that, Gary taught classes at The Young Actors Space. Gary Spatz’s “The Playground ” A Young Actors’ Conservatory is an on-camera conservatory where young actors can challenge themselves to truly stimulate their abilities. Gary and his staff of professional actors/teachers wish to nurture each student’s creativity and help him or her find a way of working on-camera. They are dedicated to helping change young actors develop a personal technique for television and film. They will train the young performer in the craft of acting and
help the parents in any way they can.

Private Coaching

30 to 60 minute sessions for all ages – effectively tackles the nuts & bolts of the craft and falls into two categories:

1. An actor is up for a role on a sitcom, feature film, episodic or theater project or is going to meet with the producer or director at a call back and contact me to work on a specific audition material. In the case of young actor, I am usually contacted by a parent, talent agent, or personal manager. While my private coaching certainly gives an actor the best possible chance of securing the role, in and industry where being good isn’t enough, it also helps the actor leave behind a lasting impression with confidence and a brilliant performance. This is important in the long term.

2. General private coaching is available for actors who want to sharpen the tools of the trade or focus on individual interests. These sessions address a broad range of needs. For example, a beginner wants to learn the craft but is unable to take a regular class; an experienced professional wants to work on “cold reading” techniques, comedy chops, or monologues; an actor or the parents need advice on finding representation, headshots, etc. Whatever the concern in these sessions, I focus on just one actor and assist them in any way I can.

Set Coaching

My job as a TV or film set coach is very specific. The idea is to coordinate supporting the actor in achieving the best possible performance with helping the director and producers realize their vision. In order to do this effectively, I must establish a relationship of complete trust. I also buffer between the pressures of a shoot and the young talent’s creative process. Acting is all about “play” and the best “playing” happens when the actor is relaxed and able to let creativity flow. This specific type of coaching happens between “setups” or each “take”. While everyone is busy doing their job – hair and makeup, lighting, props, etc., I step in for a few brief moments to work with the actor on a point which must be realized in the performance. All of this is done very quickly and without interfering with the other craftspeople. In an environment where much is at stake to get it right in the allotted time, I walk a particular tight rope in coaching young actors to give their best performance, which keeping their mind, body, and spirit intact under pressure. Above all, I do everything I can do to ensure their experience is rewarding and positive.


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