School of Theatre Arts and Dance
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Gavin earned a Master of Arts degree in Directing from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the School of Theatre at Florida State.
Originally from Greeley, Gavin Mayer is an award winning professional theatre director and veteran teacher. Currently he serves as the Executive and Artistic Director of Denver's Avenue Theater. Gavin is a resident director at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities where he has directed The Mountaintop, White Christmas, Disney's Tarzan, The Great Gatsby, A Christmas Carol the Musical, Curtains (Henry Nomination for Best Director and Best Musical), Miracle on 34th Street and Legally Blonde (True West Award winner for Best Musical and nomination for Best Director of a Musical.) Some other professional credits include Over the River and Through the Woods (Cherry Creek Theatre), Guys and Dolls: in Concert (Lone Tree Arts Center) and Forever Plaid (Post Playhouse). Other favorite directing experiences include Company, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bus Stop, Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Urinetown, Run for Your Wife, West Side Story and the high school world premiere of The Laramie Project.
A former NBC/KUSA 9 Teacher Who Cares recipient, Gavin spent ten years as the Director of Theatre at Pomona High School where he also devised, implemented and directed the Pomona Arts and Humanities (PAH) program, an integrated arts model. As a high school theatre teacher Gavin received the Jefferson County Schools' "Commitment to Diversity Award," the Jefferson County Foundation's "Inspiring Creativity Through the Arts Award," the City of Arvada's "Excellence in the Arts Award," and under Gavin's leadership the Pomona Theatre Department received Think 360's "Creative Arts Ticket Award" and was recognized by the Educational Theatre Association as an "Outstanding School Theatre Program."