Director/ Acting Teacher/ Private Coach
Gary Spatz is one of the most sought-after acting
teachers for children in the United States. His list
of past and present students reads like a “Who’s
Who” of young Hollywood. It includes two-time
Academy Award winner Hilary Swank Elijah
Wood, Ryan Gosling, Maggie Gyllenhaal,
Amanda Bynes, Stephen Dorff, Jessica Biel, Kay
and Danielle Panabaker, Hillary Duff and
Gary has been the on-set coach for several hit television shows including
Roseanne, Sister Sister, The Smart Guy and for the CBS Emmy Award
winning Everybody Loves Raymond.
He recently completed his third season as the acting coach for Dylan and
Cole Sprouse, the leads of the Disney Channel series, The Suite Life of
Zack and Cody.
Disney has long relied on Gary’s expertise. From his coaching on the film
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids to The New MMC, where he nurtured the talents
of performers such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin
Timberlake and Keri Russell.
In 2005, Gary founded the young actors’ conservatory “The Playground”,
where actors can learn to play in a professional arena. He is delighted to
finally have a program in which to share his passion for the performing