Gary Minyard (Director of Education for Phoenix Theatre) sought support to research performing arts for early childhood (ages 0-6), currently known as Baby Theatre or Theatre for the Very Young. Mr. Minyard worked to write and create supportive programming for a Kinder Series at his theatre. His attendance at the Small Size Workshop for Teachers and Educators in Bolonga, Italy introduced him to leaders within this specialized field.
Gary is the current President Elect of AATE:
Gary Minyard (MFA in Theatre for Youth and Directing from Arizona State University) has helped create over 200 pieces of theatre as a director, writer and performer. This list includes Peter and the Wolf and A Thousand Cranes at Childsplay, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Tomás and the Library Lady, The Christmas Doll, Pinocchio, Kate Crackernuts, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, Madeline’s Christmas, Androcles and the Lion, The Lost Ones, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Treasure Island, Peacemaker, and The Sleeping Beauty. Gary was honored to be the U.S. Representative at the 2007 ASSITEJ International Directors Symposium in Düsseldorf, Germany, working with 36 other professional directors from all over the world. He has also directed new works at the Bonderman Playwriting Symposium. Originally from Dallas, Gary studied at the University of Houston (BA in Theatre) and the L’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Gary served as a master teaching artist with Young Audiences of America for seven years and also toured as an actor, director, and teaching artist through 48 of our 50 states (plus one territory!) with several professional theatre companies. Gary is on the Board of Directors for the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), and the Eastern Pennsylvania Arts Alliance (EPAAA), as well as a member of Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA-USA), Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD).