Gary Schwartz is an award-winning TV and film actor, director, comedian and a master improvisational acting coach whose 30 years as a performer and improv teacher has helped transform the lives of thousands of people, both on- and off-screen. He studied and worked with Viola Spolin,the mother of modern improv, and is the only master teacher to have ever earned an endorsement from both Viola Spolin and her son, Paul Sills, the co-founder and director of The Second City.
His website Spolin Games Online is a wealth of resources for improvisers, with videos and explanations of Spolin games.In this episode Gary Schwartz speaks openly about his early childhood and youth and how that led him to write his first novel The King of Average. Named one of Kirkus Reviews best books of 2016, this heartfelt, hilarious, pun-filled middle grade novel tells of an eleven-year old’s quest for love and self-acceptance in a land where psychological states are actual places. http://www.gary-schwartz.com/books/
Listen as Gary reads an excerpt from this lovely book, that is not just for children but teachers, psychologists, parents, coaches and anyone who’s ever struggled with self-love.