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Gary S. Martinez

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 VisiĆ³ 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 Echo Night, Armored Core: Nexus, Sword of the Spirit, Shinobi, Otogi, Time Crisis, Time Crisis III: Crisis Zone, Test Drive, Panzer General II, Soldiers at War, Space Channel Five, Eternal Ring, , and the upcoming Kuon, Time Crisis: Crisis Zone, and 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 (again), The First Seven Years, and 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.

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