Larry Gard

In the photograph above, Larry Gard portrays the Windbag in Douglas Jones' script  That Old Windbag!

 

Below the biography, there are YouTube videos.  Please take a look!

 

Current and Ongoing Projects of mine are listed on the Services Available page.  Latest update:  August 8, 2018

 

Producer, Director, Actor, Teacher, and "Museum Theatre" Specialist.

Biography:

Larry Gard is a producer, director, playwright, actor and teacher with 40 years of experience creating and performing live theatre.  On March 31, 2018, he retired from his position as artistic director of the Carpenter Science Theatre Company at the Science Museum of Virginia- an assignment he began on September 1, 1998.  Prior to that, he was theatre manager at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, where he produced, directed, wrote and acted in live theatre for family audiences from 1987 to 1998.  His career applying live theatre in museums as an educational tool began in 1983, when he co-founded and served as artistic director of the Casaday Repertory Ensemble in South Bend, Indiana.  CRE developed and produced original scripts and creative drama activities at the Snite Museum of Art (Notre Dame), the Northern Indiana Historical Society, and what was then known as the Discovery Hall Museum.  During this time, Larry also served as the Northern Indiana drama consultant for Very Special Arts of Indiana (1982-1985).

Larry graduated in 1978 from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, after which he began serving as a free-lance actor for several theatre companies, including the Centennial Playhouse, Marriott's MainStage Repertory, the Heirophant Theatre, and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre.  A member of Actors Equity Association since 1982, Larry has performed dozens of roles for theatres in 6 states,  Favorites include Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Peter Bono in Thieves Carnival, RP McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Larry in Company, Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape, Tommy Flowers in Where has Tommy Flowers Gone?, Doc in West Side Story, and Clarence Darrow in Clarence Darrow.  He has directed over 100 productions, including Pygmalion; Pippin; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Hansel and Gretel, The Sword in the Stone, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Alice in Wonderland. He taught acting for 5 years at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, and has guest lectured at Butler University, the University of Indianapolis, and Indiana University at South Bend.  He has also served as an affiliate graduate faculty member for the theatre department at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He was a co-founder of the Museum Theatre Professional Interest Council of the American Association of Museums, and has also served as president of the International Museum Theatre Alliance, the Richmond Alliance of Professional Theatres, and the professional division of the Indiana Theatre Association.

In his work both creating and promoting educational theatre in museums, Larry has delivered presentations and workshops from London to Washington D.C. to Portland, Oregon, as well as many locations in between, that focus on how to most effectively use live theatre in museums, as well as best practices in working with actors and playwrights, planning/budgeting/developing/scheduling/marketing live theatre in museums, and training in effective presentation technique.

Larry lost his wife and partner of over 30 years to Multiple Myeloma cancer in December of 2016.  Since then, he has purchased a home in the Stratford Hills community of Richmond, Virginia, where he lives with his beloved cat, Annie.  He is remaining active in his "retirement" by traveling, and further pursuing his interests in photography, playwriting and music.  He has also established and funded an annual scholarship in memory of his wife:  The Marcia Quick Gard Theatre Arts Scholarship.

On the upper right is a photo of Larry Gard performing The Curse of King Tut's Tomb to complement an exhibit and IMAX film both themed on Egypt at the Science Museum of Virginia.

Directly below is a photo of Larry Gard and Kimberly Jones-Clark in "Father Time," which opened in August, 2016, and ran for over a year at the Science Museum of Virginia.  Welcome to Steampunk Einstein ......

Some of my musical compositions, as featured on ReverbNation, can be played below:

Phone: 804.243.8900
Email: lgard@mail.com