Gary Austin is the founder and original director of THE GROUNDLINGS, Los Angeles’ premier character-based improv company, which began in 1974. Many of “Saturday Night Live’s”actors and writers have come from THE GROUNDLINGS. He began his professional career as a performing member of San Francisco’s famed improv company, THE COMMITTEE, where he worked with SECOND CITY’S Del Close. Gary holds a BA Degree in Theater from San Francisco State University. He is the Producer and Artistic Director of The Gary Austin Workshops.