Gil Cates Jr.

Theater Executive Director

“You should get involved early on the ground floor. You must understand the basics of theatre (or whatever craft you're interested in), even if it seems small or "not enough" at the time. ”

Location

Los Angeles, CA

Average Work Week

50

Gil Cates Jr., born October 4, 1969 in New York City, is an American producer and director, and former actor. His 2006 documentary film Life After Tomorrow, which he co-produced and directed with Julie Stevens, won awards for both Best Documentary and Best Director at the Phoenix Film Festival. He is now the executive director of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, California.

Gil Cates Jr. has always loved the stage, but he loves being behind the curtain even more. After working in the film and television industry for more than 20 years, Cates is now the executive director of Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse. 

As a kid, Cates was always filming things and making shows with his friends; as he grew older, he studied at the National Theatre Institution in Waterford, Connecticut and holds a degree in drama from Syracuse University. This career track allowed him to become a member of Geffen Playhouse’s board of directors in 2012.

My Advice

You should get involved early on the ground floor. You must understand the basics of theater (or whatever craft you’re interested in), even if it seems small or “not enough” at the time.

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