Gary Young’s theatrical plays deal with social issues and have been produced and performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and venues throughout the US and Europe.
In the 1980’s, he worked with Jean Kennedy Smith as one of the coordinators for the National Very Special Arts Festival, and with his own company, he has produced festivals and written successful grant proposals to fund programs for, by, and with disabled populations and the underprivileged.
His touring programs throughout the United States have been co-supported by the former HEW (now HHS), National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mobil Oil, US Airways, and private foundations.
Gary and his wife, Kathy, have co-authored Loss and Found: Surviving the Loss of a Young Partner, also presenting seminars and support groups throughout the United States.
His play, Interruptions – A life, a death, pizza, dancing and Murphy’s Law, premiered at the Kennedy Center, with its West Coast premier in Los Angeles, June through September, 2000, at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.
His ON HOLD: The MYTH of Male Maturity, premiered in England, and will have its Los Angeles premier in the near future.
Gary serves as President of the Publishers Association of Los Angeles, Executive Director of the Lifetime Achievement Foundation, Director of Professional Development for the Independent Writers of Southern California, and Vice-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.