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GABRIEL FIRESTONE is a scenic designer for theatre and opera. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he is now based in New York City. He holds a BFA in Theater Design and Production with an emphasis in scene design from University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). There, he designed the regional premiere of Benjamin Britten's Owen Wingrave (Best of Cincinnati 2013, Music In Cincinnati) as part of Britten100, a collaborative year-long centenary celebration produced by CCM and the Britten-Pears Foundation, and The Laramie Project (League of Cincinnati Theaters Award Winner).
In New York City, he has designed productions for New York Opera Exchange, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Ugly Rhino Productions. As an assistant and associate designer, his credits include multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway projects, national tours, exhibitions and award shows. Select regional credits include Virginia Musical Theatre, Cleveland Musical Theatre, White Plains Performing Arts Center, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. His production of Red Light Winter was selected to represent the United States at the ITSelF Theatre Festival in Warsaw, Poland at the National Theatre.
He was the associate properties head for two years at Castleton Festival, a regional opera company founded in 2009 by Maestro Lorin Maazel. With Castleton Festival, he toured a new production of Puccini's La Bohème to the Royal Opera House Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman, and built and managed props for co-productions of Carmen (Fondazione Petruzzelli, Italy) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing).