Actor, director and acting eacher Gabriel Almagro

Born in Elche, Alicante (Spain),  he accomplished his studies at Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático in Murcia (Spain) and later moved to Wroclaw (Poland), where he embarked on a learning process with theatre companies and theatre makers such as Song of the Goat Theatre (Wroclaw, Poland), Thomas Richard (Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards), Farm in the Cave (Prague, Czech Republic), Gabriel Gawin (Song of the Goat, Rose Bruford), Ian Morgan (Song of the Goat, RADA) and OBRA Theatre Co. (Lectoure, France), among others.  In 2011, he started his MA studies with Song of the Goat in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University where he was taught the company’s “Coordination Technique”.  The first half of the MA finalized with the performance “Drawing on Schulz”. As part of his studies, Gabriel did a research in flamenco rhythms and how can it be used by the performer during training and in performance. He also devised, created and performed his first solo- performance “Antes de Ayer”, premiered and performed in Poland and Spain.

He was founding member of Jubilo, a theatre company that aims to disintegrate the social, economic, language and cultural barriers through the action of artistic encounters, where the platform of exchange is the theatrical language of body, voice and music.  In September 2016 Gabriel joined Studio Matejka, directed by Matej Matejka (Farm in the Cave, ZAR Teatr, Studio Matejka) with whom he trained on a daily basis and he was part of the initial stage of the project “Angry Man”.  They created performative actions such as “Palimpsests of Space: Reconstruction” or a work presentation after a week workshop during the European Capital of Culture in Donostia 2016.  Gabriel was also invited to be movement director of Gemma Climbs her Mountain, a theatre piece about M.E. disease and granted by the Arts Council in England that was performed in Manchester (UK).  He also joined Studio Kalari led by master Sankarlal Sivasankaran Nair where, for three years, he practiced the ancient Indian martial art of Kalarippayattu, originating from the southern Indian state of Kerala and often considered to be the father of all martial arts.  As a member of Jubilo and Studio Kalari, he was part of the BodyConstitution research in practice program at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, where a number of studios set up to analyze in practice various physical traditions and to incorporate their principles into performance training.  In 2016 and 2017 Gabriel was artistic instructor of Brave Kids Festival, a project that aims to bring together children from all around the world and let them share their culture between each other.  Other projects Gabriel was involved in were: “Małe Ojczyzny”, where he was artistic collaborator and stage movement director, as a collaborator with Clowns without Borders Finland where he led a workshop for refugees, or “The Dynamics of Metamorphosis” led by Paweł Passini, Elżbieta Rojek, Przemysław Wasilkowski and neTTheatre ensemble.

As a teacher, Gabriel was invited to teach at the first MA in Acting in 2015 run by Universidad Central de Ecuador (Quito, Ecuador).  He taught the students Corporal Expression and Movement for three months.  He has also taught in the MA in Acting at Zurich University of Arts (Zurich, Switzerland).  Gabriel has also devised his own theatre workshop, "The Awoken Body.  Beyond Form".