About Gary Spatz

It has been Gary’s privilege and pleasure to work with some the best and brightest
kids in the world of entertainment over the past 20 years.  This web site highlights
some of his adventures as a teacher, and as an on-set acting coach for several 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 very exciting process to
witness.

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

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 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.  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 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 callbacks 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:

Television:
"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", "Gossip Girl" and "NCIS".

Film:
"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" and "Super 8".


Gary Spatz's Resume

• EXPERIENCE
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.

• TEACHER
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

• 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

• 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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