Artist Bios

Gaby Labotka

Gaby Labotka

(Bio as of September 2019)

Bernhardt/Hamlet is Gaby Labotka's first production with the Goodman. She is an actor, director, choreographer, and more living in Chicago and working both locally and nationally. Gaby is a Certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International, and Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, a proud member of the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists (ALTA). Gaby is a fierce advocate for respect, empathy, representation, inclusion, and safety in the theatre. 

Selected choreography credits include Kiss (Intimacy Director, Haven Chicago); 
 Desire in a Tinier House (Intimacy & Fight Director); Cymbeline (Assistant Intimacy Director, Great River Shakespeare); Indecent (Associate Intimacy Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival); La Ruta (Fight Director, Steppenwolf); In the Blood (Fight & Intimacy Director, Red Tape Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Assistant Fight Director, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis); Hamlet (Fight Director, The Gift); Through the Elevated Line (Fight & Intimacy Director; Silk Road Rising); A Story Told in Seven Fights (Fight Director, The Neo-Futurists, ALTA Award: Outstanding Fight Choreography); and Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea (Intimacy Directo, First Floor Theater, ALTA Nomination: Outstanding Intimacy Design).

Gaby's work can currently be seen in X (Fight & Intimacy Director, Sideshow Theatre); Oslo (Fight & Intimacy Director, TimeLine); and A Doll's House  (Intimacy, Fight, and Movement Director, Writers' Theatre).

Training: IDI, SAFD, RADA, Pig Iron, Actors' Gymnasium, and Illinois State University.
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