|Teaching acting classes is one of Gary’s primary passions in life. He focuses on creating an environment
that allows the students to take risks and exercise their imaginations. "The Playground - A Young Actors'
Conservatory" is an on-camera program where young actors are asked to challenge themselves - which
truly stimulates their abilities. Gary and his staff of professional actors/teachers strive to nurture each
student's creativity. They are dedicated to helping your child-actor develop a personal technique for on-
camera television and film performances. Children will learn the craft of acting and parents can learn
about the business.
|The Playground is a young actor's conservatory: a place where students are immersed in the craft of
Television and Film Acting. Young people of all ages look forward to coming here and taking part in our
carefully crafted curriculum, a curriculum that has been personally designed by Gary Spatz.
Drawing on 25 years of experience with young actors, Gary has crafted a unique program that is
focused on preparing your child for Film and Television acting - and auditioning! Children who attend
The Playground will improve not just in their acting skills but in other areas of life too! Students at The
Playground often experience; better speaking ability, better listening skills, improved reading
comprehension, improved school performance and increased confidence.
Programs are available for children ages 6 to 18 at all experience levels. The Playground studios are
"state-of-the-industry" and provide theater style seating, Sony playback monitors, HD cameras, and
studio-lighting. Gary Spatz and his staff of professional acting teachers nurture each student's creativity
to help them excel at on-camera work. The staff are dedicated to helping young actors develop a
personal technique for television and film. They train the young performer in the craft of acting.
Whether you are preparing your child for a career in acting or just for success in life, The Playground is
a great place to learn. Sign up for an interview with one of our Admissions Directors today!
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|Gary's 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 while helping the director and producers realize their vision. In
order to do this effectively, Gary establishes a relationship of complete trust. He also buffers 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., Gary steps in for a few brief moments to work with the actor on the
performance. All of this is done very quickly and without interfering with other craftspeople. In an
environment where a lot is at stake and time is critical, Gary walks a tight rope coaching young actors to
give their best performance - while keeping their mind, body, and spirit intact under pressure. Above all,
Gary does everything He can to ensure an actor's experience is rewarding and positive.
|30 to 60 minute sessions for all ages – effectively tackles the nuts & bolts of the craft and falls into two
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 they need to work on specific audition material. For young
actors, coaches are usually contacted by a parent, agent, or manager. In an industry where "good"
isn't good enough, private coaching gives an actor the best possible chance of securing the role.
Through coaching, an actor can perform brilliantly and with confidence so that they leave a lasting
impression - even if they don't book the role. 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 parent needs advice on
finding representation, headshots, etc. Whatever the concern in these sessions, a Coach focuses on
just one actor and assists them in any way they can.