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Cara Gabriel

Assistant Professor Department of Performing Arts

Cara Gabriel has worked as a theatre practitioner throughout Vermont, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and the Washington, DC, area. Directing credits at American University include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Machinal, The Hundred Dresses, Skin, The Cherry Sisters Revisited, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, PERF 101, Our Country’s Good, Capstone 2003, Capstone 2004, and To Be or Want to Be. Gabriel has also written directed two Shakespearean adaptations for children: The Tempest in a tour of central Vermont and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Northwestern Children’s Theatre Tour. She also served as part of an arts education assessment team on the New York State Task Force for the Theatre Arts Assessment Exam, a Goals 2000 initiative. In the DC area Gabriel has worked for The Potomac Theatre Project at the Olney Theatre Center, Washington Women in Theatre, the Smithsonian Institute’s Discovery Theatre, and Ford’s Theatre, and The Kennedy Center, among others.


PhD, Theatre Practice, University of Michigan
MA, Theatre, Northwestern University
BA, Theatre and Political Science, Middlebury College

Languages Spoken

German, Spanish
CAS - Performing Arts
Katzen Arts Center - 230
M 2-3:30
Th 11-12:30, 2-3:30, 5-6:30
Contact Info
(202) 885-3410 (Office)

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See Also
Performing Arts Department

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

 Professor Gabriel’s research interests include: acting and directing; physical theatre, dance theatre, and movement for the stage; American theatre and drama; women in theatre; world performance studies; theatre for young audiences; Latino/a theatre; the historical Avant-Garde; popular entertainment.

Professional Presentations

  •  Henrik Ibsen Memorial Symposium, Hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, 2006.
  • Professor G is ABD, or Why I Hate Zombie Movies.  Association for Theatre in Higher Education, San Francisco 2005.
  • Push Back the Desks: Interactive Learning in Multiple Disciplines.  Anne Ferren Teaching Conference, American University 2005.
  • Becoming the Avant-Garde: The Variedad in Contemporary Theatre.  Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Toronto 2004.
  • Panel Discussion on A View from the Bridge.  Arthur Miller Symposium, University of Michigan 2000.

Selected Publications

  •  The Hero Quest and the Hula Hoop: Brian Lobel’s BALL.  Text and Performance Quarterly, Volume 28, Issue 1 & 2 January 2008.  Taylor & Francis Journal Production, Routledge Press, Oxfordshire UK.
  • Distance Learning Programs in Dance for The Kennedy Center in Conjunction with Prince William Network.  Reviewer of ten online programs.
  • Study Guide, Meet John Doe, Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC.
  • Study Guide, A Christmas Carol, Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC.
  • Study Guide, Shenandoah, Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC.
  • Study Guide, Leading Ladies, Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC.
  • Study Guide, Grapes of Wrath, Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC.
  • Study Guide, 1776, Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC.


  •  Director, Laptop Ladies Playfest: 10-4, Produced by Washington Women in Theatre at the Warehouse Theatre, Washington DC
  • Actor, Death and the Maiden, Katzen Arts Center, American University
  • Actor, Interrogation in Iraq, Metro Stage, Arlington, VA
  • Director, I Heart Gertrude, Produced by Washington Women in Theatre at the H Street Playhouse, Washington, DC
  • Actor, Cat on the Rails, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington, DC
  • Actor, On Tidy Endings, Trumpet Vine Theatre Company, Washington, DC
  • Assistant Director, Retratos, Discovery Theatre Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC