Gary S. Martinez received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola-Marymount University
in Los Angeles and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota
as a Bush-McKnight Fellow. He continued his theatrical studies at the Royal Academy of
Dramatic Art in London before pursuing his Ph.D. at Michigan State University
as a Performing Arts Fellow.
He has taught Acting at Michigan State University, Western Illinois University, and
West Valley College in Saratoga, California. As well, he has taught Acting for
both Teens and Adults, and Acting for the Camera under the auspices of The Wolf
Trap Institute in Vienna, Virginia, the California Arts Council, the Community
School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, the Oakland Museum of Art, Northside
Theater Company of San Jose, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (where he ran
the South Bay Midnight Shakespeare Program), San Jose Stage Company, National
Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, American Musical Theatre
of San Jose, and San Jose Children's Musical Theater.
As an Equity actor, his work has been seen in 38 states and in the Bay Area with
such companies as San Jose Repertory Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival,
Pacific Alliance Stage Company, San Jose Stage, City Lights Theater Company,
Theater on San Pedro Square, Peninsula Civic Light Opera, Teatro Visió
Eureka Theater, BRAVA--for Women in the Arts!, American Musical Theatre of
San Jose, Willows Theatre, Delta King Theatre in Sacramento, Marin Shakespeare
Festival, Cranberry West Productions (Shear Madness) and California Shakespeare
Festival. Career highlights include chasing Howard the Duck around a sushi bar,
going schizoid in an independent slasher film, and expiring at the death grip of
Darth Vadar as Admiral Sarn in LucasArt's CD ROM Rebel Assault II.
His extensive interactive media work includes voice work on
Armored Core: Nexus,
Sword of the Spirit,
Time Crisis III: Crisis Zone,
Panzer General II,
Soldiers at War,
Space Channel Five,
Eternal Ring, ,
and the upcoming
Time Crisis: Crisis Zone,
Tenchu: Fatal Shadows.
In the area of arts development, Gary has worked as Development Consultant,
Development Director, and/or Managing Director for the last 26 years with such
companies as Oakland Ensemble Theater, Los Lupenos de San Jose, Aitkin County
Friends of the Arts, San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild, The Flamenco
Society of San Jose, EXO Productions, A.R.T.s, Inc. of McGregor, San Francisco and
San Jose Shakespeare Festivals, The Academy of the Sword, KAXE, Northern Community
Radio, Victims in Search of Assistance, The Corporation for American Theater, City
Lights Theatre Company, San Jose Stage Company, and KTEH, Silicon Valley Public Television.
In the development of contracted services for various arts organizations, Gary
was Director of New Programs for San Jose Stage Company where he helped develop
their first Acting Conservatory. While working with San Francisco Shakespeare
Festival, Gary helped create and run the popular Midnight Shakespeare Program
for "at risk" youth in East San Jose. Gary tripled income from contracted services
for Los Lupenos de San Jose during his tenure as Development Director and garnered
income for performances as General Manager of EXO Productions.
His involvement with PBS spanned over 14 years. He helped fundraise for such
national productions as
Pulse! the Rhythm of Life, The Sensible Thing, American Voices,
The Sensible Thing
The First Seven Years,
The School for Scandal.
He has worked as voice talent on the
national productions of The Sensible Thing and The First Seven Years in addition
to appearing as an actor in the NET Theater in America series with The Guthrie
Theater Company of Minnesota's production of The School for Scandal. Gary has
garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of educational outreach
efforts in "at risk" communities of Northern California. While Director of
Community Development at KTEH, Silicon Valley Public Television, he raised
literally millions of dollars for both on-air and community programs.
The year 2016 kept Gary busy performing onstage in Cinderella and The Fantasticks for Sacramento Theatre Company, State Fair for Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, CA, and then on the East Coast in Parfumerie for Americana Theatre Company. In early 2017, Gary will return to Sacramento Theatre Company to perform the role of Gonzalo in their production of The Tempest.