Gary Armagnac past Chair and Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Arts at University of the Pacific, has been a professional actor, director, and educator for more than thirty years, working on stage and screen in New York, London, Los Angeles, and at major regional theatres around the nation. He has served on the faculty of the Southern Utah University, the Drama Studio London, California State University Long Beach, and most recently the University of California Santa Cruz, where he has appeared in numerous roles with Shakespeare Santa Cruz since 1986 including the title role in Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus. Gary was Artist-in-Residence and Director of Education for five seasons with the Tony Award Winning Utah Shakespearean Festival (USF). His work on stage there included the title roles in Richard III and Pericles, Iago in Othello, and Sir Toby in Twelfth Night. He also directed productions of Macbeth, Hamlet, and Romeo & Juliet that toured to communities throughout the southwestern United States. He received the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award in 1998 for Shakes: Rattle & Role, a documentary he wrote and directed for Public Television about his touring production of Hamlet. In 1984, he was presented with the Key to the City of St. Louis for his performance in the National Tour of the Pulitzer Prize winning A Soldier’s Story with the Negro Ensemble Company. In 1996, he was honored with the Key to the City of Stratford, Ontario, for his work with children in Shakespeare. Gary has also received many other awards for his work, including Hollywood Drama-Logue Awards for his portrayals of Dylan Thomas in Dylan, the title role in Macbeth, Iago in Othello, and for Directing/Lighting/Sets for his Los Angeles production of Twelfth Night. In 1998/1999, Gary served as Associate Artistic Director at the Sacramento Theatre Company, directing critically acclaimed productions of Pericles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and December In America. At University of the Pacific, he has directed Twelfth Night, A View From The Bridge, King Lear, and the West Coast Premier of Simply The Thing She Is by Kate Hawley. At the invitation of Sister Helen Prejean and Tim Robbins, he directed the stage version of Dead Man Walking, by Mr. Robbins, in April 2006. Among his many television and film credits are guest starring roles on Star Trek: the Next Generation, LA Law, Hill Street Blues, Houston Knights, Brisco County Junior, Three Fugitives with Nick Nolte and Martin Short, and a cameo appearance in the Coen brothers’ Blood Simple. Gary recently performed the lead role of John Plunkett in the West Coast Premier of Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, CA.
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