Garrett Ayers has worked for more than 15 years as a professional director, acting coach, and teacher and serves as an instructor of theatre at Colorado State University. From 2004-2006, he was the founding artistic director of New York-based Project: Theatre, directing The Great American Desert, Language of Angels, Something I’ll Tell You Tuesday, and The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year.
Garrett’s Colorado State University directing credits include: Spring Awakening (SDC Guest Artist Initiative), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Glass Menagerie, Reefer Madness, The Musical, and Appropriate (KCACTF Meritorious Achievement in Directing). His freelance directing credits include: Prelude To A Kiss (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), La Vie En Rose (Curious Theatre New Voices), The Legend and the Rookie (McCarter Youth Ink! Festival), and Elephant’s Graveyard (Bas Bleu Theatre). Garrett is also a memory coach and the founder of The Actor’s Dream, an online memory training program for actors (theactorsdream.com).
Garrett’s essays related to memory training have been featured in HowlRound, American Theatre, and TCG Circle; he has also worked with private clients and taught memory workshops at theatres across the country, including Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, Local Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, and the Utah Theatre Festival. He is an alum of the 2009 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and was the Charles Evans Fellow (Directing) at the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey for their 2010-2011 Season.
B.A. Western Michigan University, M.F.A. Naropa University