New KVPAC performing arts director has local ties
“Lights, camera, action.”
Well there are no cameras involved, but as far as Gregory Magyar, the new Performing Arts Director at the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center, is concerned, there are plenty of lights and directing involved.
Magyar has been the Performing Arts Director at KVPAC for three weeks and has hit the ground running.
Although he comes to Katy from Seattle where he was the Managing Director for a theater company as well as a working actor and director, he is no stranger to Houston.
Magyar’s family moved to Houston when he was eight, and he began his career in acting kind of by mistake.
New to the public school system Magyar didn’t know what elective to choose.
His guidance counselor said that he reminded her of her son, soap opera actor Rick Porter, and chose theater for him.
“It was very much by accident,” said Magyar.
Later Magyar graduated from Cy-Creek high school and went on to earn a degree in theater from The College of Santa Fe in New Mexico.
Magyar found out about the KVPAC position from his sister who lives in Katy and happened to stumble across the job posting.
Now that Magyar is at KVPAC, he is ready to dive right in and take KVPAC even further.
“This organization has grown tremendously. It is almost unheard of for any kind of theater company to have that kind of growth, so for me it’s about looking at the growth they have had and saying well let’s raise the bar,” he said.
Magyar comes from a very technical acting background and wants to incorporate that skill into KVPAC.
“I’m hoping to give that to the student’s here, to instill that in them,” he said.
“It is a very old school belief. The theatre ethic in Texas is like that, that’s where I learned it, and I think I am bringing that back with me.”
His first couple of weeks have left him plenty to do. Magyar has been making sure the instructors have all the tools they need, getting ready to direct the senior company in the musical Once Upon a Mattress, and planning eight summer shows.