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Theatre Arts Department, 1979-present

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Co-created SRO Summer Musical Conservatory (with Todd Glen) under Dean Ken Helvey

Co-created Fullerton High School Theatre Festival – longest running, largest Festival west of the Rockies

Staged 85th Anniversary Parade Celebration for Fullerton College

Directed 100+ productions for Fullerton College Theatre Arts Department

Created “New York City/Broadway” study week for Fullerton College students

Daughter, Jordan, just graduated Magna Cum Laude from Chapman University.


Only important awards include successes evidenced by actors, designers, directors and technicians working in community theatres, the film industry, professional theatres and major entertainment avenues who were trained in our department.

Staff of Distinction: Fullerton College

Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival

Numerous Los Angeles Times, Backstage, and Robbie awards for his directing.

Metamorphoses at Stages selected as top ten show, Orange County Register

During your time at Fullerton College, who were people you had friendships with, were inspired by, or in some way made a difference in your time here, and why?

Wife- Lynda Krinke, Todd Glenn, Robert Jensen, Terry Blackley and the current theatre faculty are constant inspiration to me. Marilyn Magness (world-wide Director of Disney Entertainment) former student- continues to blaze throughout the industry.

What were some of the most significant events that took place during your time at the college?

The air conditioner technician provided a comfortable theatre for an audience (note: didn’t say “on a regular basis”) The untimely death of student - Bronwyn Dodson – and the recognition of a single life on a decade in our department

I inadvertently forgot to inform then college President Michael Vierra that at the conclusion of the 85th street celebration that we were going to explode day time pyrotechnics behind him – I think the female Mayor jumped into his arms.

All three Fine Art Deans encouraged me to direct in numerous outside theatres. I could thereby invite current Fullerton College students to join me in the professional theatre world. Also enjoyed the lack of “censorship” by all of the Deans and Presidents. My first two productions included Hair and Equus.

Legends: The Legacy of Fullerton College Theatre Arts Department was the event that summarized my tenure at Fullerton College.

Professional Bio-

Gary Krinke directed theatre productions for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Performance Riverside, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, La Mirada Civic Light Opera, Moonlight Amphitheatre and Prism Productions and served as guest director for Theatre Parisien in Paris, France. His recent credits include: Peter Pan, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sugar Babies, Equus, Triumph of Love and West Side Story – for which he was awarded Best Director from the Inland Theatre League! Krinke serves as Artistic Director for Standing Room Only, the Fullerton College High School Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory, an organization he co-founded in 1980. Krinke has received numerous Los Angeles Times, Backstage, and Robbie awards for his directing. Krinke was nominated for the California State Chancellors Award for Thinking Outside the Box and produced the Fullerton College 85th Anniversary Celebration and Presidential Inauguration, featuring a cast of 500 singers, dancers, and musicians. Current directing projects include Spring Awakening and The Rocky Horror Show for the Mysterium Theatre, as well as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Metamorphoses at Fullerton College.

Alumni Strories: Gary Krinke

Directed 100+ productions for Fullerton College Theatre Arts Departmen