Gary Spatz is a Los Angeles-based acting coach who specializes in working with young performers. He has worked with many entertainers who later went on to success in their careers. His work on The All New Mickey Mouse Club with performers like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell began a long career of coaching young actors for film and television projects.
Gary Spatz was born in New York on April 1, 1951, and raised in New York and Miami, Florida. He then moved to Washington D.C. where he attended the American University and studied history. After attending a summer acting program at the Arena Stage Theater in D.C. he decided to move to Los Angeles in 1977.
In Los Angeles, Gary Spatz continued to study acting with Paul Sills and American Theater Arts from 1978 through 1985.
Since the beginning, Gary has credited his then girlfriend, TV post-production executive and now wife and partner, Jill Nyren, as being instrumental in procuring and negotiating his "on-set" coaching career.
He continued working with Disney Channel as a creative consultant from 1990 to 1995 and was also part of The All New Mickey Mouse Club (MMC) where he coached the young performers including Christina Aguilera and J C Chasez in addition to those mentioned earlier.
Gary continued his work as an acting coach for young actors on several television programs between 1990 and 2009 including Roseanne ,  Everybody Loves Raymond  and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody . 
In 2005 Gary founded The Playground, A Young Actors' Conservatory in Century City California where young actors are trained using a curriculum that Gary is constantly revising based on his industry experience.  The school was set up to reflect working conditions and features sets, cameras and monitors. He is currently active as the Director of the conservatory.
The Playground is both a lesson-based conservatory and also the place where Gary provides private coaching to young actors in order to help them prepare for auditions, callbacks and roles in feature films, theater, and episodic television. There have already been several students of the conservatory who have careers in the entertainment industry including Kay Panabaker, Tiffany Espensen, Ashley Argota, India Eisley, Nate Hartley, Joel Courtney, Megan Goodman, Sari Arambulo, and .
- 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
- VanMar Academy - Scene Study for Adults / 1981-1984
- "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
On-screen appearances (as himself)
- E! True Hollywood Story – Young Hollywood: A to Zac / 2008
- Biography – Justin Timberlake" / 2008
- Biography – The New Mickey Mouse Club / 2008