Gage is a native New Yorker and the offspring of two predominant psychiatrists. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a communications degree focused on filmmaking.
His background is in adolescent crisis counseling, but he has also been working in the entertainment business for over 10 years. As a counselor, Gage spent years working in institutions guiding troubled youth towards better lives. As an actor, writer and producer, he spent years on screen and behind the scenes creating fantasy lives.
Gage was an at-risk youth himself. At an early age, he made a lot of bad decisions that eventually caught up with him and led to his being taken away from his family and friends. It was during these years that Gage was lucky enough to meet a mentor who gave him the gift of artistic expression. That mentor saw something in him, and gave him a chance to fall in love with art, creativity, and all the beautiful elements of the human experience that those two things can shed light on. For the first time in his life, Gage was passionate about something, and that changed everything. Finding artistic expression and a mentor who invested in him was the turning point for Gage, and very realistically saved his life.
His dream of creating a community where the worlds of crisis intervention and artistic expression could coexist and strengthen one another led to the development of Mythic Bridge, a place where at-risk storytellers can get the support and knowledge to realize their dreams.
Don grew up in Littleton, Colorado and graduated from Columbine High School in 1999. Post the Columbine tragedy, Don earned a scholarship for exceptional talent to a performance arts and film school in New York City. Don's first day of school, and the day he met Gage, was September 11th, 2001. Even though the city was a devastated, he surprisingly found himself surrounded by something special and precious, something that was to forever shape his character. At New York City's darkest hour, he remained to take care of others, just as he did at Columbine. Using the transformative power of film to affect many lives and create numerous productions while developing a non-profit organization, he is realizing his calling.
In the years that followed, Don used his knowledge and creative drive to develop and create numerous independent short films, television pilots and music videos for local musicians in New York. Most importantly, he began co-developing the dream of a creative community. He acted upon the mission to provide disadvantaged youth with experiential leadership programs. He knew how to demonstrate the connection of leadership and teamwork through the celebration of storytelling, diversity and full expression.