Gabriela is a writer/director and actor born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is currently based between Los Angeles and Santo Domingo.


Gabriela was selected as one of the ten writer/directors of the 2021 Rising Voices fellowship created in partnership by Lena Waithe's Hillman Grad productions and Indeed.  The companies  will produce Gabriela's short film HUELLA with an allocated budget of 100k. 


She was the recipient of the Best director of a live action short at the 2021 LALIFF film festival. She is an Alum of the Sundance Institute Playwrights Intensive and HBO's Tomorrows Filmmakers Today Class of 2019 & 2020 and Semifinalist for the NBC Nosotros Monologue Slam.


As a writer and performer, Gabriela has toured her one-woman show, Las Garcia, across sold-out venues in L.A., including the LATC, GoogleLA, The Bootleg Theatre, and the Hollywood Fringe.


Her work in film seeks to deconstruct Neocolonialism through ancestral personal stories and alternative forms of documentation.


Her first feature film, MORENITA, won the 2020 FEST pitching forum in Portugal and is a finalist for the Sundance Institute 2021 Documentary grant. The film is supported by Women Make Movies in NYC and deals with themes of displacement, womanhood and modern-day immigration.


She is also developing her second narrative feature, Piratas, under the 2020 Cinema Femme mentorship. The film won funds in Dominican Republic with the annual FONPROCINE contest and is currently in the works to be shot on the island under her production company: JEVITA FILMS.

Gabriela is also writing a feature film for SONY PICTURES INTERNATIONAL and has a half-hour comedy tv show in development.

Awards & fellowships 

Hillman Grad/Indeed Rising Voices - Director - 2021


FONPROCINE Development Funds - Winner - 2021

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund - Finalist - 2021

NBC Nosotros Monologue Slam - Semi-finalist - 2020

WRITE LA Pilot Competition - Semi-finalist - 2020

HBO Tomorrows Filmmakers Today - Fellow - 2020​

Sundance Artist grant - Recipient - 2020

Cinema Femme Festival - Mentorship winner - 2020

IAMA under 30 lab - Playwright - 2020-2021

PEN writers of America - Young Writers Grant - 2020

Echo Young Playwrights - Playwright - 2020-2021


Sundance Institute Playwrights Intensive - Fellow 2019


HBO Tomorrow's Filmmakers Today - Fellow - 2019


Latinx Playwrights Common - Writers Nest 2018-2019


USC Stanley Musgrove Award - Recipient - 2017 


USC Eileen Stanley Award - Recipient - 2016


Hollywood Fringe Scholarship - Winner - 2016

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