Total loan: $10,000


Rochester, NY, United States / Entertainment

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Gary's story

I am Rochester New York's native son. I have enjoyed an eclectic and fulfilling career as a professional. Actor and director. In 2013 I returned to my home town to share some of the knowledge and experience I acquired while working in the entertainment industry. I wanted to create an inclusive SAFE space where marginalized people could express themselves free from judgment and ridicule. I believe in the power of the voice. My life's work has been dedicated to encouraging people to discover embrace and connect to their authentic voice. I support all forms of creative artistic expression. One afternoon a young kid toting a silver cap gun stumbled into the theatre during a technical rehearsal he was so enthralled by the lights, sounds music and magic of the theatre that he left his shiny gun behind. Theatre can transform. Theatre can take the guns out of the hands of children. Theatre had the capacity to disarm.