Gregory (Greg to family only) Joseph Magyar
(June 7, 1969 – April 4, 2019)
Gregory (Greg to family only) J. Magyar, 49 years, of Richmond, Texas took his final bow and received the highest theatre award of angel wings and the opportunity to perform on the grandest stage April 4, 2019. Gregory was born June 7, 1969 in Louisville, Kentucky and was adopted by Gerald Joseph and JoAnn Angelina Magyar and his two big sisters Lisa Renee and Lori Karen two weeks later. At the age of 9 months old, Gregory was inducted to the Magyar gypsy blood when the family moved to Northfield, Ohio. At 3 years old Gregory started his acting career when his sisters wrote ‘musicals’ and directed Gregory and his friends in performing shows for the neighborhood, while they sold refreshments. Gregory went to grade school at St. Barnabas following his sisters through the grades learning wit and sarcasm were required skills for survival in parochial school.
In 1982, when his Dad was transferred to Houston, TX, Gregory (a very unhappy 13-year-old) began attending public school for the first time in the middle of 8th grade. His first meeting with the school counselor reaffirmed his course in life on the stage as the transcript from St. Barnabas wasn’t legible and he ended up in Drama instead of Debate class. As a freshman in high school Gregory elected to enroll in both Debate and Drama and his acting experience grew under the guidance of Mrs. Marilyn Miller. His talents broadened to directing as a natural born leader he would direct his partners and team for talent competitions.
Upon graduating in 1988, Gregory attended St. Edward University in Austin, TX majoring in Fine Arts. Scouts from the College of Santa Fe offered Gregory a scholarship in 1989 and he moved to Santa Fe, NM to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College of Santa Fe. Upon graduation in 1992, Gregory formed the theatre troupe Black Sheep which performed in the old Santa Fe Railroad district for 6 years and acted in video games and advertising.
In 1998 Gregory moved to Seattle WA to work in the third most popular theatre city and while preparing for work in the theatre and working with local actors, he supported himself by working a variety of jobs including Sun Precautions at which time he sent his family members living in sunny locations clothing items to protect them from harmful UV rays. Gregory became the Executive Artistic Director for the Edmonds Driftwood Players, worked at Youth Theatre Northwest and taught speech and debate at a Catholic school. When Edmonds Driftwood Players closed in 2009, his sister Lori sent him a job posting for a small theatre in Katy, TX to teach drama to PreK students. Gregory came down for Thanksgiving week and interviewed and was offered the position of Executive Artistic Director the next week. Gregory moved to Katy in January of 2010 and started at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC). When FEMA directed KVPAC to relocate in 2017, Gregory selected Fulshear for the new KVPAC location doing business as Encore Arts. As it was taking over 6 months to get the nonprofit permitted to operate in Fulshear, Gregory accepted a paid position with The Plaza Theatre in Wharton, TX and continued a contract position with KVPAC/Encore Arts. He relocated his home to Richmond TX to reduce his drive time and still be centrally located between both theatre companies.
Gregory was a member of the Texas Non-Profit Board of Governors for 3 years and was Vice President of Strategic Planning. He was an award-winning director having directed productions that participated in QUADFest, TEXFest, Region VI Festival and the national AACTFest. Winning accolades for his work. He most recently received the award for Outstanding Costume Design for his work in Encore Arts production of The Stronger at TEXFest 2019.
He is survived by his four legged companions Freida Kahlo and Agatha Christie, his mother JoAnn Magyar of Katy, TX, his sisters Lisa Alexander and her husband Scott of Brentwood, TN and Lori Magyar of Katy, TX, his best friend Ricardo Murillo, his aunt Judy Davis of Akron, OH, aunt Laura Montisano of Daytona Beach, FL and uncle Anthony Montisano and family of Atlanta, GA, nieces and nephews Lauren, Ryan and his wife Erin, Jason and Caitlin and a grandnephew Owen; two godchildren Dylan and Aiden Kesslar of Seattle, WA and a multitude of family, students and friends in Texas, Washington, and Ohio. He was preceded in death by his loving Dad, Gerald J. Magyar.
A memorial theatre celebration will be held Thursday April 11, 7pm to 9pm at The Schmidt Funeral Home, 1344 West Grand Parkway South, Katy, TX 77494. There will be a memorial mass at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Katy once the church provides a date. Those wishing to make memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may do so to KVPAC at https://www.kvpac.org/product/be-a-donor/ or mail to KVPAC, 7926 FM 359, Fulshear TX 77441.