Gabriel Christian (they/them; he/him; etc) is a performance teaching artist at Destiny Arts Center, where they teach theater, storytelling, and performance in programs at schools throughout the East Bay. Born and raised in New York City, they have been with Destiny since early 2016. They began collaborating with Destiny as part of the flagship QEAR (Queer Emerging Artists’ Residency) program and were then invited to join the teaching staff that fall.
Gabriel knows, through their personal experience, that performance is a vigorous space to exercise vulnerability and communication skills that enable one to enter into the wider world with fluidity, empathy, and freedom. As a young person who made their way to performance through spoken word, Gabriel sees the stage as a testing ground and a safe haven for the marginalized voice.
Gabriel has performed in various regional productions in New York, New Haven, and San Francisco, in theatrical capacities ranging from bit ensemble player to dramaturg to lead, namely supporting productions by WePlayers, Theatre Rhinoceros, and Robert Woodruff at the Yale Rep. As a performance artist, they have shared countless devised pieces everywhere from the historic Stud Bar to Stanford, and have secured residencies at This Will Take Time, CounterPulse, CIIS, and Finnish Brotherhood Hall. In addition to their work at Destiny and their performance practice, Gabriel is an adamant yogi, even if time isn’t always quite on his side.
Gabriel has studied with Jairo Cuesta and Jim Slowiak, the original collaborators of Polish theatre maker Jerzy Grotowski and renowned international theatre director Robert Woodruff. They interned with playwright Young Jean Lee, and held so many odd theatre jobs he’d need to grow new hands to count them. Gabriel holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University.