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“Gary has shown me how to use tools I never knew I had at my disposal. What he teaches is not mysterious voodoo. It is a method which allows for creative expansion into every cell of one’s body through gentle and safe exploration of memories and the senses which are their gatekeeper.” – Mary Stuart Masterson,  Actress/Director
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991),  Benny & Joon (1993), Whiskey School (2005), Law & Order SVU, The Good Wife

“Gary is a joy to work with and has been an inspiration to me.”
Lainie Kazan, Actress
Romance of a Horse Thief (1971), My Favorite Year (1982), Beaches (1988), My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), Columbo (1978), The Nanny (1995 – 1999), Will & Grace (2001), The King of Queens (2007)

“Strasberg was my main teacher, ‘Swanie’ [Swanson] is the next generation!”
– Paul Gleason, Actor
Die Hard (1988), The Breakfast Club (1985), Malcolm in the Middle (2004), Dawson’s Creek (2003), Dragnet ( 2003), Drake and Josh (2004), Cold Case (2005)

“Gary is what acting is all about.” – Tuesday Weld, Actress
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“The only two people Lee Strasberg ever liked were Al Pacino and Gary Swanson.” – Mickey Rourke, Actor
Sin City A Dame to Kill For (2014), The Wrestler (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Get Carter (2000), Angel Heart ( 1987), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986), Body Heat (1981)

“Dearest Gary,
So many words still coming to me about your great work…” – Greta Seacat, Acting Coach

“Gary Swanson did a fabulous Checkov scene from The Bear. He is electrifying and alive and so funny.”
Sandra Seacat, Acting Coach to the Stars.
You Don’t Know Jack (2010), Crazy in Alabama (1999), The Baby Dance (1998), Country (1984), Against the Ropes (2004) acting coach: Meg Ryan, Nobody’s Child (1986) acting coach: Marlo Thomas, White Nights (1985) acting coach: Isabella Rossellini,
Coached: Rachel Ward, Laura Dern, Jessica Lang, Mickey Rourke.


“Gary Swanson is first rate. He is himself a splendid actor and a teacher of extraordinary skill. He is a cherished member of The Actors Studio.”
Arthur Penn   Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Little Big Man (1970), The Miracle Worker (1962),  and The Missouri Breaks (1976)

“Dear Gary,
Thank you for your great performance as Alan Rubin (The Bone Collector). Your portrayal of a confident man slowly realizing his fate, perfectly captured the horror of the taxi scene. I can’t thank you enough.
Kind Regards,”
Philip Noyce,  Director/Producer
The Giver (2014), Salt ( 2010), Patriot Games ( 1992), The Quiet American ( 2002), Rabbit Proof Fence ( 2002), The Bone Collector (1999)

“Gary Swanson is a home hitter as an actor and acting teacher. He is a great communicator, practices what he preaches and can help the actor find the source of his core self. If you are looking for a teacher who will help you realize your true potential as an actor, Gary is the Man.” – Lyle Kessler, Playwright/Director
Orphans (1987), Gladiator (1992), The Saint of Fort Washington      (1993)