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Cornel Gabara

Associate Professor, Acting


Cornel Gabara joins the WVU faculty from the University of Toledo where he taught for twelve years.  He has performed world-wide in international festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Paris Festival D'Ete, the Sao Paolo Biennale, Wiener Festwochen: Vienna, Holland Festival: Amsterdam, the Ruhr Triennale, the Roma Europa Festival, the Forum Barcelona and many others. Roles of note include performing and touring in Andrei Serban's FRAGMENTS OF A GREEK TRILOGY, the role of Eurystheus in Peter Sellar's CHILDREN OF HERAKLES and the lead role in the remount of Robert Wilson's HAMLETMACHINE at the National Theatre of Bucharest. North American credits include performing at A.R.T., The McCarter Theatre, the New York Metropolitan Opera (as Pantalone in Serban’s BENVENUTO CELLINI) and extensive performances at La Mama ETC which include performing in Serban’s RICHARD III and Nikolaus Wolcz’s TURANDOT.


He was a founding member of the Glacity Theatre Collective (GTC) in Toledo, and served as its Artistic Director during its first six years, during which time he directed the majority of the company's productions including WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, BREATHING CORPSES, EURYDICE, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL and WAITING FOR GODOT. He has directed, in collaboration with Stephan Sanderling and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, several productions including AMADEUS, MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S MYSTERIES and, most notably the tour of EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR to Carnegie Hall.  


Gabara has an MFA in Acting from Columbia University School of the Arts (NY) and a BFA in theatre from Concordia University (Montreal). He was an actor/musician at the National Theatre of Bucharest from 1988 to 1993 and is a member of AEA and AGMA.