Gary Izzo, author of the groundbreaking book, The Art of Play, The new Genre of Interactive Theatre is known throughout the country as a pioneer of the interactive theatre genre, and an innovator in improvisation, and personal creativity awareness.
He was one of the first directors to experiment in the interactive genre. As a teacher, he has trained hundreds of actors in improvisation, interactive, and participatory theatre, throughout the US and abroad.
As a director and producer, he began his work in Renaissance festivals in the 1980’s, and founded Creative Entertainment, Inc., a company dedicated to the exploration and production of audience inclusive theatre styles. As Interactive Artists, he has produced outdoor interactive festivals, participatory plays, murder mysteries, theme park attractions, and convention entertainment events.
Gary is a veteran comic Improvisationist and sketch writer. A renown teacher of improv, Gary’s students appear regularly on Broadway, network television, and in major motion pictures.
Some of Gary’s credits include: Show Director/Writer and entertainment consultant for the Walt Disney World Co., where he has been a founding influence in Disney’s use of live actors, and has designed and developed numerous interactive shows and attractions there.
He was also a Director/Consultant for Paramount Parks where he directed the Star Trek World Tour, a 30million dollar interactive experience that toured Europe. He is now in his 43rd season as Creative Director of the Sterling Renaissance Festival, an interactive Elizabethan village and Shakespeare festival.