Gabriela Castillo
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Experienced creative artist and performer with a broad repertoire spanning Latinx and American classics, Shakespeare, Shogo Ohta’s silent narratives, sketch revue, devised, immersive, and experimental theater. Extensive background as an educator, with 10 years of experience combined in teaching grades K-12, college-level courses, and as a teaching artist for theatrical educational tours and art organizations. Additional experience includes training in the Suzuki Method as taught by P3/East, comedy writing, and producing. Increasingly gaining more experience in production, music composition, and playwriting as the Founder of Girl 502 Productions, a production company dedicated to presenting compelling performances that showcase the depth and diversity of Caribbean culture. Committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in all professional endeavors.


Master of Fine Arts, Theater | Acting Specialization

University of South Carolina |Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) 2019

Bachelor of Arts, Music |French minor | Media Broadcasting concentration

Northern Kentucky University 2014


The Second City Training Center (SCTC), Conservatory Program 2022

The Second City Training Center (SCTC), Writing Program 2022


P3/East Intensive: Physical Approaches to Performance 2023
Advanced Playwriting, Marisela Treviño Orta, Chicago Dramatists, IL 2022 

Improvisation; Sketch Comedy writing & performance; Musical Improvisation; SCTC, IL 2021

Genre Theater Workshop, Derek McPhatter, Green Line Performing Arts Center, IL 2020

Improv for Actors L 1&2, Second City Training Center, IL 2019

Improv Coached Ensemble, Second City Training Center, IL 2019

Stand-Up L 1, Second City Training Center, IL 2019

Role and Function of the Casting Director Workshop, Jackie Burch Casting, GA 2018

Tadashi Suzuki Method and Shogo Ohta’s Slow Tempo, P3/East, SC                      2016-18

Navigating the Industry Workshop, Daniel R Hill, SC 2017

Scene Study and Performance Intensive, Amy Attaway, KY 2013

Advanced Media Broadcasting, Dewey Hawthorne, KY               2007-08

Piano Performance, Sergei Polusmiak, KY 2006-08

Intermediate Ballet, Thomas Bell, KY                     2006-07

Musical Theatre, Jamey Strawn, KY 2006


Universities & Colleges

University of South Carolina, SC 08/2016 to 05/2018

Graduate Assistant Instructor of Fundamentals of Acting 170

Public Schools

Highland Middle School, KY 09/2015 to 06/2016

Theater and Dance Teacher

Spanish Language and Culture Teacher

Hawthorne Spanish Immersion Elementary, KY 09/2013 to 09/2015

Instructional Assistant of Spanish Language and Culture

Teaching Artist

The Warehouse Theatre, SC 09/2018 to 10/2018

Accessible Shakespeare

Related Experience

University of Louisville African American Theatre Graduate Program, KY 12/2015 to 02/2016

Dialect Coach


Saturday Night Live Scholarship, Second City Training Center, IL 2021

Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women 2021

Actors de Confianza Relief Grant, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture 2021

Graduate Assistantship, University of South Carolina, SC 2016

Governor Scholar, Northern Kentucky University, KY 2005


League of Chicago Theatres            2019 to present

Chicago Latino Theater Alliance           2019 to present


Actor (stage)


Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

Much A Do About Nothing by William Shakespeare


River Bride by Marisela Treviño Orta

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Love Labor’s Lost by William Shakespeare


¿Y tu abuela, Where is she? by Nelson Diaz-Marcano

 Beheading Columbus by Diana Burbano (virtual workshop production)


Back in the Day by Miranda González

Checkerboard Chicks by Allison L. Fradkin

The Continuing Adventures of the Hot Dog Squad by Lyle Sauer

Sergio’s Museum by Steve Moulds


The Tempest by William Shakespeare, The Warehouse Theatre

The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

Flight by Robyn Hunt

Lady Alhambra (solo) by Gabriela Castillo

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson


Erógenas: Sexo, Amor, y Fuga by Yovana Martínez, adapted by Selene Perdomo, Teatro Fragmentario CIA

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

The Water Station by Shogo Ohta

Animal Farm by Sir Peter Hall

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn

Clearing by Robyn Hunt


Cosí by Louis Nora

Away by Michael Gow

Fuga by Jordi Galceran


George and the Triumphant American Tour by Diana Grisanti

Actor (Film & TV)

Chicago PD S8.E801, (not credited), Director: Eriq La Salle 2020

“Woman in the Wall” (short), Director: Geneva Sheaffer, IL 2019

“Planting Seeds” (short) 48-Hour Film Festival, Director: Joshua Porter 2014

“Dude, Where’s my Dog?!” Director: Stephen Langford, CA 2013

“She’s With Me” Director: Stephen Langford, CA 2012

“Re-Generator” Directors: Oliver Gruner and Patrick Shanavian, CA 2012

“Angel of Hope” (pilot episode), Director: Zo Wesson, OH 2011

“Provisional Vote” (short), Director: Zo Wesson, OH 2010

“Inspiration” (short) College Movie Festival, Director: Yousif Salame, OH 2008


Lady Alhambra, Solo Showcase

    Dancer and choreographer, Center for Performance Experiment, Columbia, SC 2018

Back in the Day, Urban Theater Company

    Choreographer Breon Arzell,  Batey Urbano, Chicago, IL 2019

International Festival, Bollywood Dance Louisville

    Choreographer Mehru Hassan, Indiana of University, New Albany, IN 2016

VindaLou at the Belvedere, Bollywood Dance Louisville

    Choreographer Mehru Hassan, Louisville Waterfront, Louisville, KY 2015

Jalsa, Bollywood Dance Louisville, 

    Choreographer Mehru Hassan, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 2015


MBSkopljak Production


Lady Alhambra: a play with music and dance by Gabriela Castillo (staged reading); KY 2022

The Pavilion by Craig Wright

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

Contemporary short plays and  scenes 


Lady Alhambra: a play with music and dance 2022

Lady Alhambra a solo show 2018


Producer | Playwright
“Lady Alhambra: a play with song and dance”         2021-23

Executive Production Assistant
“Un Sueño Cubano: A Musical Documentary”, Papito Project, Barcelona, Spain 2017

Writer | Director | Performer | Co-Producer
"Lady Alhambra Solo Show" 2017-18


Castillo, Gabriela. Lady Alhambra, blog, 2020,


Nationwide Insurance, OH           2020

Nationwide Insurance, OH 2015

NABZEN online store, CA 2013

Exotica Magazine, CA 2012

Speedway/Super America, OH 2012

Evenflo, OH 2012


Sprout Social, Internet Nationwide 2022
Optimum, OH 2013

Dorito’s, OH 2013

Speedway/Super America, Fountain Palooza, OH 2011

DJ Byrider, OH 2011


Industrial; Oji Life Lab, CA; The Annoyance Theatre, IL 2021

“Rule” music video, artist Joseph Nevels, Director Emad Rashidi; OH 2014

“Presence” music video, artist Joseph Nevels, Director Roman Luck; OH 2012

Nuestra Belleza Latina Reality Show; Univision Network, 2011

Nuestra Belleza Latina Reality Show;Univision Network, FL 2010

Industrial; P&G, OH 2009

Industrial; Macy’s, OH 2008

NKU Virtual Tour; Northern Kentucky University, KY 2007