Gabriel Vega Weissman is a New York based director and playwright. His directing work includes Guards at the Taj at the Central Square Theatre (IRNE Nominee for Best Play; Elliot Norton Winner for Best Actor, Boston Globe Top 10 Theatre OF 2018), Charles Cissel's Must (Theatre at St. Clements, produced by Bruce Willis); Steel Magnolias (Bucks County Playhouse, co-directed with Marsha Mason); Making the Move (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) as well as work directed for and developed with companies including New York Theatre Workshop, A.R.T., Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, National Black Theatre, Castillo Theatre, The Brick, Pipeline Theatre Company, New Light Theatre Project and NYMF. He also serves as director to Emmy Award nominated actor and musician, Tituss Burgess on his concert events (Kennedy Center, summer 2019 and Carnegie Hall, winter 2020).
As a writer, Gabriel has adapted Athol Fugard’s teleplay Mille Miglia for the stage and directed his version at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. His collection of short plays, Loose Canon (co-written with Brian Reno) played a sold out run at the 2015 New York City International Fringe Festival and won the TheatreMania Audience Choice Favorite Award. Their adaptation of Aristophanes' The Birds was commissioned and produced by the University of Scranton. Both Aristophanes' The Birds and Loose Canon are licensed and published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. His and Rosa Vega Weissman's translation of Maria Irene Fornes' first play, The Widow, was developed during his 2050 Fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop.
Gabriel also has had fruitful and rewarding experience as an associate director. He most recently served as associate director of the Broadway production of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, directed by Matthew Dunster. His other Broadway credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Starring Jessica Lange; 2016 Tony Nominee for Best Revival of a Play), the world premiere of David Mamet’s China Doll (starring Al Pacino), The Height of the Storm (starring Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce) and the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Winslow Boy (starring the late, great Roger Rees). His work off-Broadway includes premieres from writers including Martin McDonagh, Doug Wright, Athol Fugard, Dominique Morisseau and Rajiv Joseph. He proudly serves as Associate Director to actor/playwright/director Ruben Santiago-Hudson on his play Lackawanna Blues.
Gabriel is an alum of the Drama League Director's Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellowship, Williamstown Theatre Festival Professional Training Program and New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship. In 2015, he was the finalist for the inaugural Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Directors Fellowship.
He is a member of SDC and the Dramatists Guild. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
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