Gabriel Christian (they/them) is a BlaQ American artist bred in New York City (Wappinger Lenape land) & baking in Oakland (Chochenyo Ohlone land). For more than ten years, their work has metabolized the vernaculars inherent to BlaQ diaspora—futurity, fluidity, and faggotry—through high dramatics, structured improvisation, poetics & collaborative practices. Their mentors/collaborators include Sherwood Chen, jose e. abad, Stephanie Hewett, Chibueze Crouch, Rashad Pridgen, Anne Bluethenthal, Jess Curtis, Robert Woodruff & Joe Goode.

IG: @doom_body

gabechristian@gmail.com



CV

Education
Yale University, New Haven CT
BA Theatre Studies - December 2013

Select Performances & Commissions
2020

mouth//full
[with Chibueze Crouch]
for National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF) 2020
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA (postponed)

2019

mouth//full
[with Chibueze Crouch]
CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA

(in)/Visible
[with Jess Curtis/Gravity]
UferStudios, Berlin, Germany &
CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA

Have you seent my teeth?
[with jose e. abad]
for Beyond Gravity: Berlin
Uferstudios, Berlin, Germany

BRB Gag | Altaring
[with LXS DXS collective]
CSUSM, San Marcos, CA &
CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA

to become other than dust
[with jose e. abad and Malia Byrne]
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco, CA

Alif is for An(n)als
[with jose e. abad and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto]
for CounterPulse Festival 2019
CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA

riff
for Black Life: Gabriel Christian
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Berkeley, CA

aquí allá allí acá
[with randy reyes]
for FRESH Festival 2019
SOMArts, San Francisco, CA &
Space 124, San Francisco, CA 


mercury
[with Ryanaustin Dennis and Europa Grace]
for FRESH Festival 2019
Space 124, San Francisco, CA

2018

Still Standing
[with Joe Goode Performance Group]
Haas-Lilienthal House, San Francisco, CA

mouth full of sea
[with Chibueze Crouch]
for National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF) 2018
African American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC),
San Francisco, CA

2017

Lxs Desaparecidxs
[with LXS DXS collective]
CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA

FATHER
[with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto]
for San Francisco International Arts Festival,
Fort Mason Chapel, San Francisco, CA

Residencies & Fellowships
2020

Paul Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency
Oakland, CA

Afro-Urban Society Onye Ozi Fellowship
Oakland, CA

Sachs Program Performance Intensive
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

2019

Performing Diaspora ARC
[with Chibueze Crouch]
CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA

2018

Rancho Dos y Dos
[with LXS DXS collective]
Xalapa, Mexico

2017

This Will Take Time A-I-R (Artist in Residence)
Point Arena, CA

Black Futurist Fellowship
Signal Fire, Mt. Hood, OR

A&A-I-R (Artist and Activist in Residence)
[with randy reyes]
Finnish Brotherhood Hall Berkeley, CA

2016

Queer Emerging Artists Residency
[curated by Indira Allegra and India Sky]
Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA
Grants & Scholarships
2020

Artist Relief
Distributed by United States Artists 

danceWEB Scholarship
ImpulsTanz, Vienna, Austria (postponed to 2021)

2019

RHE Quick Grant
San Francisco, CA

Theatre Bay Area Ca$h | Performs Grant
San Francisco, CA

Zellerbach Community Grant
San Francisco, CA

2017

Theatre Bay Area Ca$h | Creates Grant
San Francisco, CA
Arts Admin & Other Work Experience
Ongoing

Skywatchers Ensemble Artist Facilitator
ABD Productions, San Francisco, CA 

Live Audio Describer
Jess Curtis/Gravity, San Francisco, CA

2019

Gender/Play Workshop Facilitator
Our Families Coalition, Oakland, CA

2017-2018

Lead Artist and Founder
BLACK PRESENCE, United States

Assistant Director
Paradise: Return to Aja & Paradise: Belly of the Beast
Topsy Turvy Queer Circus, Oakland/San Francisco, CA

2016-2019

Theater and Performing Arts Teaching Artist
Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA