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Nick Gabriel

Assistant Professor
College of Performing Arts; Department of Theatre
Expertise: Acting; Arts Curriculum; Musical Theatre
Office Location: Moulton Hall 209
Phone: (714) 997-6923
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Fine Arts
American Conservatory Theater, Master of Fine Arts


Nick Gabriel is an award winning theater artist and educator. He is the former Director of Studio A.C.T. at the American Conservatory Theater, where he conceived and implemented Studio A.C.T.’s curricular and operational revitalization while serving on the associate faculty of A.C.T.’s Master of Fine Arts program. For nearly four years he regularly conceived, implemented, and developed curricula for a variety of programs at A.C.T., including A.C.T.’s world-class outreach program and the San Francisco Semester, an immersive, collegiate study away program. He is a former theater arts curriculum assessor for the New York State Education Department, a certified instructor of the Michael Chekhov Technique, and a recipient of the Teachers 4 Social Justice Award. He has produced, developed, and directed productions on the many stages of A.C.T., The Knitting Factory, Don't Tell Mama, The Regency Ballroom, the GLBT Historical Society, and elsewhere. His most recent directorial collaboration is with Philip Kan Gotanda on the world premiere of #CAMPTULELAKE.

As an A.C.T. Resident Artist, Gabriel played many principal roles in mainstage productions at A.C.T., including Clov in Endgame opposite Bill Irwin. He has also played principal roles in mainstage productions, including several world premieres, at some of the country’s other major venues such as Milwaukee Rep, the California Shakespeare Theater, the La Jolla Playhouse, New York’s Town Hall, South Coast Rep, and the Guthrie. He has danced numerous character roles with the Berkshire Ballet and performed principal singing and speaking roles with the San Francisco Symphony, where he most recently played the Soldier in A Soldier's Tale alongside Grammy Award winner Elvis Costello and Academy Award winner Malcolm McDowell. He is a Ten Chimney’s Foundation Lunt-Fontanne Fellow and has received numerous Bay Area Critics Circle Award nominations and wins. In 2011 The Huffington Post named him one of the top three most valuable contributors to the Cultural Landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area. He received a BFA in musical theater from the University of Michigan and an MFA in acting from A.C.T.