Star-Studded Improv: Gary Austin and Friends Live 2
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The last date listed for Gary Austin and Friends Live 2 was Monday January 30, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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The show was a real treat. Gary Austin's improv shows are top-notch. It was great seeing established stars sharing the stage with equally, if not more, talented lesser known actors. The free wine and beer during intermission was an added bonus....continued
For guests age 21 and older, there will be complimentary wine and beer available at intermission and after the show.
Gary Austin is the founder and original director of The Groundlings, Los Angeles’ premier character-based improv company, which began in 1974. Many of Saturday Night Live’s actors and writers have come from The Groundlings. He began his professional career as a performing member of San Francisco’s famed improv company, The Committee, where he worked with Second City’s Del Close. Gary holds a BA Degree in Theatre from San Francisco State University. He is the Producer and Artistic Director of The Gary Austin Workshops.
Gary conducts workshops and develops projects with actors and writers in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Chicago. Colorado and Washington DC. He’s a frequent guest-instructor at The Pit in New York, at Artistic New Directions in New York, and at Second City in Chicago and New York. He also co-teaches with his wife, Wenndy MacKenzie, the highly regarded vocal coach.
Gary is developing theatre projects in New York, Seattle, Washington DC and Los Angeles, some of which are currently in production. He directs Works In Progress for Artistic New Directions in New York. “My purpose in presenting these original works is to help people develop projects of their own.” Gary directs his improvisational company Austin’s Dog Bread at the Groundling Theatre in Los Angeles.
Gary has performed his solo shows, “Church,” and “OIL” in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Seattle, Washington DC, Woodstock, New York and Fort Collins, Colorado.
His students work throughout the world of entertainment as actors, singers, comedians, writers, directors and producers. Some notable artists to come from The Groundlings are Lisa Kudrow, Will Ferrell, Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman), Laraine Newman, Kathy Griffin, Cheryl Hines, Jon Lovitz, Chris Kattan, Cheri Oteri, Maya Rudolph, Julia Sweeney, Phil LaMarr, Ana Gasteyer, Mindy Sterling, Wil Forte, Jennifer Coolidge, and the late Phil Hartman.
Gary’s students include Oscar winner Helen Hunt, Jennifer Grey, Helen Slater, Lindsay Crouse (Oscar nominee), Tony winner Lillias White, the late Pat Morita (Oscar nominee), the late Jack Soo (Barney Miller), Donna Summer, Loretta DeVine, Keith David, Mark Dacascos (Iron Chef America_), Robert David Hall (CSI_), Danielle Panabaker (Shark, Mr. Brooks_), Kay Panabaker (_No Ordinary Family), and Casey Wilson (Saturday Night Live).
Gary and his work have been featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” in major trades, and in several books, including “Acting Teachers of America” by Ronald Rand, “The Actors Guide to Qualified Acting Coaches” (both LA and NY) by Larry Silverberg, and “The Funniest One in the Room – The Lives and Legends of Del Close” by Kim “Howard” Johnson.