Theatre and Film

Cornel Gabara, Associate Professor of Theatre, Head of Acting

Cornel Gabara

Cornel Gabara has performed world-wide in international festivals including the Edinburgh International Festivalthe Paris Festival D'Ete, the Sao Paolo BiennaleWiener Festwochen: Vienna, Holland Festival: Amsterdamthe Ruhr Triennalethe Roma Europa Festival, the Forum Barcelona and many others. Roles of note include performing and touring in Andrei Serban's FRAGMENTS OF A GREEK TRILOGY, the role of Eurystheus in Peter Sellar's CHILDREN OF HERAKLES and the lead role in the remount of Robert Wilson's HAMLETMACHINE at the National Theatre of Bucharest. North American credits include performing at A.R.T., The McCarter Theatre, the New York Metropolitan Opera (as Pantalone in Serban’s BENVENUTO CELLINI) and extensive performances at La Mama ETC which include performing in Serban’s RICHARD III and Nikolaus Wolcz’s TURANDOT.

He was a founding member of the Glacity Theatre Collective (GTC) in Toledo, and served as its Artistic Director during its first six years, during which time he directed the majority of the company's productions including WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, BREATHING CORPSES, EURYDICE, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL and WAITING FOR GODOT. He has collaborated with Stephan Sanderling and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on several productions including AMADEUS, MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S MYSTERIES and, most notably the tour of EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR to Carnegie Hall.  

Currently Head of Acting at the University of Toledo, his students have gone on to perform with the Cleveland Playhouse, The Beck Center for the Arts, Blank Canvas Theatre, Theatre for a Small Space, Edinburgh Fringe, Madcap puppets, Public Awareness Theatre, the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival as well as on HBO's HUNG, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and in commercials, voice overs and Indy films. They have received News Herald Best Theater Awards and BroadwayWorld Cleveland Awards for  acting and have been accepted to MFA programs including the New School for Drama, Brown/Trinity Rep, London East 15 Acting School, Laboratoire de Formation au Theatre Physique and CalArts. Gabara has an MFA in Acting from Columbia University School of the Arts (NY) and a BFA in theatre from Concordia University (Montreal). He was an actor/musician at the National Theatre of Bucharest from 1988 to 1993 and is a member of AEA and AGMA

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