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Gabriella is a London-based theatre director and dramaturg with Turkish-Cypriot and Maltese heritage. 

She studied Theatre Directing at Royal Holloway University with Katie Mitchell, as well as with the Young Vic Directors' Programme, British Youth Opera and was Apprentice at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in 2011-2012. From 2020-21 she was a Creative Associate at Jermyn Street Theatre and is currently working as Assistant Director at the RSC. 

In 2016 she co-founded theatre company Plain Heroines whose recent productions SCRATCHES was nominated for an Offie and VAULT Festival award. Their debut production Madwomen in the Attic was shortlisted for the Eddies' Award, the NSDF award and was EdFringeReview's Critic's choice. The 4th Country was runner up for the 2020 Charlie Hartill Prize and transferred from VAULT Festival to Park Theatre in 2022. 

As Director her work is often has music at its core and often incorporates or features Actor Musicians, frequently collaborating with students at Rose Bruford College. As Associate Director she has worked both nationally and internationally at theatres including the RSC, Sheffield Crucible, Theatre by the Lake, English Theatre Frankfurt, Deutsches Theater Munich and Jermyn Street Theatre. 

Gabriella also works as an educator and facilitator, adapting and directing Shakespeare for Schools and running workshops for Youth Theatre and Young People. Her recent production of Macbeth toured with Orange Tree Theatre, Reading Rep and Guildford Shakespeare Company to schools and theatres across the UK and The Hague, Netherlands. 

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Directing Credits Include: 

Scratches - VAULT Festival & Arcola Theatre, 2023

Shakespeare Up Close: Macbeth - Orange Tree Theatre, 2023

Anna Karenina - Rose Bruford College, 2023

Medea - Rose Bruford College, 2023

Coram Boy - Rose Bruford College, 2022

Macbeth - Guildford Shakespeare Company, 2022

The 4th Country - Park Theatre, 2022

Mr & Mrs Nobody - Jermyn Street Theatre, 2021

Romeo & Juliet  - Film for Guildford Shakespeare Company, 2020

The 4th Country - VAULT Festival, 2020

Entropy - Park Theatre Script Accelerator, 2019

Romeo and Juliet - Geoff Herrington Tour, Guildford Shakespeare Company, 2017 & 2018

January - White Bear Theatre, 2019
The Acid Test -  Cockpit Theatre, 2018
Madwomen in the Attic - Edinburgh Fringe, 2016

Three Days’ Time -   ADC Theatre & Edinburgh Fringe, 2016
Twelfth Night - Courtyard Theatre & European Tour, 2015-16
Rent (Musical) - ADC Theatre, 2015

Assistant & Associate Director credits include: 

Ben and Imo - Royal Shakespeare Company

Pilgrim's Progress - British Youth Opera

Grief Chorus - Complicité

15 Heroines - Jermyn Street Theatre & Digital Theatre +

Rutherford and Son  - Sheffield Crucible 
Miss Julie - Theatre by the Lake & Jermyn Street Theatre
Cabaret (Musical) - English Theatre Frankfurt & Deutsches Theatre 

Love’s Labour’s Lost; Much Ado About Nothing - Guildford Shakespeare Company 
Bold Girls; Single Spies - Theatre by the Lake Summer Rep 
Jekyll & Hyde (Musical) - English Theatre Frankfurt 
Taming of the Shrew - CAST - US Tour 
Charlotte’s Web (Musical) - Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
His Dark Materials- Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

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