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Actor, Playwright, Poet
American Theatre's Chicago Associate Editor
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Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and raised in the vibrant immigrant community of South Florida, Gabriela Furtado Coutinho is a US-based actor, writer, director, cultural strategist, and proud graduate of Northwestern University (Theatre/English Creative Writing BA). In addition to now guest lecturing at Northwestern University, she serves as Chicago Associate Editor of TCG’s American Theatre magazine. Grateful for previous work with The Kennedy Center, Emmy's/Television Academy, and various Chicago collectives, she holds experience in developing both new work and tangible care practices. 


Favorite projects include Blood Wedding (actor), The Bloody Bricks and Blows of American Dream High (playwright), and Much Ado About Nothing: A Miami Party to Joy (director). She loves uplifting Latiné stories, reimagining classics, embodying power roles, taking lyrical creative risks, developing healing pedagogies in art education, advocating for people with severe disabilities like her brother Miguel, daily wearing the color yellow, and dreaming up kinder futurisms with friends whose language is laughter.

Please feel free to contact her at For American Theatre / Theatre Communications Group-related correspondence, please contact As an actor, Gabriela is represented by Talent X Alexander (

She looks forward to being in community with you!

Gabriela Furtado Coutinho with ghost light, reflecting on the American theatre of 2020-2023. Photograph by Justin Barbin.
Image by Justin Barbin.
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