Gary Fry

Job Title

Scenic Art Lecturer at RCS

Gary has been a professional scenic artist for nearly 30 years. He has worked in Drama, Musical Theatre, Opera, Ballet, Film, Theme Parks, Events and Education and has been fortunate enough to work in the UK, USA, Dubai, Hong Kong and China. His first job was gluing glitter on the set for Cinderella, with Stanley Baxter, at the Kings in Edinburgh. From there he moved to London working at the National Theatre and in the West End for three years before returning to Scotland and the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.

He painted twelve shows a year there, as well as for the Traverse and Playhouse and the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. In 1996 he moved to Hong Kong where he lived and worked for 12 years. Initially, as a Lecturer at Hong Kong Academy for performing arts; teaching all aspects of scenic art. Latterly, employed as an Imagineer, building and painting the Hong Kong Disneyland. After the park opened he became the resident scenic paint expert, ensuring the buildings and rides stayed looking their best for the guests.

He was art director for Hullet House; a boutique hotel in Hong Kong. Helping design the guest bedrooms and bespoke lanterns used in the public spaces.

In 2008 he returned to Scotland and started teaching scenic art at the then RSAMD, now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

In 2014 he was the head props painter for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth games in Glasgow.

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