Kindergarten dress up party, Havana, Cuba - 1990's
Gabriela (Gabi) Castillo-Miranda (she/her) is a Cuban-American performing artist and writer based in Chicago. She holds an MFA in Acting from the Professional Actors Training Program at the University of South Carolina, a BA in Music from Northern Kentucky University, and is a Second City Conservatory alumna and SNL Scholarship recipient. She wrote, co-produced, and performed her solo show Lady Alhambra for the 2018 MFA Solo Show Series that was hosted at the Center for Performance Experiment (Columbia, SC). Since then, she's wanted to write and produce the full-length adaptation of the play. She's an experienced performer and will be appearing on the stages of American Players Theater this 2022 season. Her past stage credits include performances with Visión Latino, Urban Theater Company (Chicago, IL); Theatre(Louisville, KY); Teatro Fragmentario (Barcelona, Spain); Theater South Carolina, Center for Performance Experiment (Columbia, SC)and The Warehouse Theatre (Greenville, SC). Her screen credits include She’s With Me, Dude, Where’s My Dog?!, and Woman in the Wall (short).
Gabi was born in Havana, Cuba, and is of African, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese descent. While living in Havana, she studied music at the prestigious conservatory of music, Alejandro García Caturla. In 1998, when Gabi was 11 years old, she and her parents immigrated to the United States. They resettled in Louisville, KY with the assistance of Louisville Refugee Ministries. Her little brother was later born in Kentucky.