Lyam Gabel

Lyam Gabel Portrait
Assistant Professor
Acting, Directing, Assistant Professor

Lyam B. Gabel (they/he) is a trans* director, performance-maker, and community organizer who creates containers for collective remembering and radical celebration.They believe that performance can activate networks of care and transform communities. He is obsessed with archives and his ever-evolving process combines extensive research, emerging technology, embodied improvisation, and a sense of play. He worked as an artist for eight years in New Orleans where they founded LAST CALL, a collective that documents and interprets neglected queer history, creating connections between those who lived this history and those who have much at stake if it is forgotten. With LAST CALL they co-created and co-directed Alleged Lesbain Activities, a nationally touring musical about the history of lesbian bars funded by the National Theater Project. They are a member of New Orleans physical theater ensemble NEW NOISE where they directed Jubilee, a dinner and performance that asks white audiences to reckon with familial patterns of racism. Now they are exploring queer care from 1980s-present with their current work the dance floor, the hospital room, and the kitchen table which recieved a NPN Creation Fund commission. Other previous work includes a triptych of Greek tragedies done as a live film, an adaptation of Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale done in a historic church, and an immersive installation at Parse Gallery. They regularly collaborate on work by playwrights and solo performers and have developed work at Ars Nova, Judson Church, Pipeline, Ashland New Plays Festival, The Theater Offensive, and The New Orleans CAC among others. Drama League Resident 2021, Drama League Fellow 2017, Distillery Artist New Orleans CAC 2016. BFA Virginia Commonwealth University, MFA Carnegie Mellon University.