Author of the groundbreaking book, The Art of Play, and its companion book for teachers and stage directors, Acting Interactive Theatre, Gary Izzo, is known throughout the country as a pioneer of the interactive theatre genre, and an innovator in improvisation, and personal creativity awareness. A renowned teacher of improv, Gary’s students appear regularly on Broadway, network television, and in major motion pictures.
His creativity and self-awareness workshops have had extraordinary success in helping hundreds of artists in the US and abroad get in touch with their own unique style, and access the hidden power of their imaginations. He has shared his transformative work with non-artists as well, from architects to pro wrestlers. All have discovered a better sense of self-awareness, and an increased power and productivity in their lives and careers.
As a speaker and retreat facilitator, Gary is breaking even newer ground with his creative approach to helping people follow their core life-path, and clearing the mental and emotional obstacles we often place in our own way. His most recent work offers group work for corporate business, using a Stage Directors approach to positive ensemble interaction. He is always working on a new book, and when he actually finishes one, he’ll let you know.
As accomplished director and creative consultant, Mr. Izzo has developed shows, attractions, and creative awareness programs for many business and organizations including Walt Disney World Co., Paramount, and Busch Entertainment Corp. He is also in his 35th season as the Artistic Director of the Sterling Renaissance Festival.