A director, actor, and writer, teacher, Gabriel has worked at theatres in the Bay Area, New York City, and around the country. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2007, Gabriel has performed and directed with 6th St. Playhouse (Walt in Becoming Walt Whitman) 42nd St. Moon (Strike Up the Band, The Student Gypsy, Girl Crazy & Call Me Madam), Custom Made Theatre (The Old Neighborhood, The Devil & Billy Markham, & Mr. Marmalade), PlayGround, Woodminster Musicals, Aurora Theatre, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Playwrights’ Center, The Media Factory, and the SF Fringe Festival. His Berkeley Playhouse performances include Fagin in Oliver and Captain Hook in Peter Pan, which critics hailed as “hilariously elegant” and “visually magnetic.” Beyond Chron has called him “a compulsively good actor.”
Gabriel worked for over a decade with many NY theatre companies, including Manhattan Theatre Source, HERE, the Brick, Flying Fig, NY Fringe, Themantics Group, the Mint, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theatreworks USA and others. As a teacher of acting, directing, stage combat, and Viewpoints, he has headed classes and workshops at Acting Abroad (France), Berkeley Playhouse, Custom Made Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, New York University, The New School, The School of Visual Arts, Syracuse University, Pennsylvania State University and the Oxbridge Program at Trinity Hall (UK).
He is a member of PlayGround, Actors’ Equity, and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and was a founder of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation Artists' Action Committee. Gabriel’s principal training was at Penn State University (MFA Directing) and Hofstra University (BFA Acting). Visit his site www.gabrielgrilli.com.