OUR Meet Ensemble Members Mondays are back! Here's Gabe Fazio who's been a member since he appeared in playwright/ensemble member, Israel HOROVITZ's short one act version of Sins Of The Mother back in 2004. We're proud to call him an Ensemble Member and hope you're just as excited about his work onstage and on the big screen as we are!
Where are you originally from..?
1. Holtsville, Long Island
What has been your favorite theatrical experience and why?
2. Romeo, for three months was a (exhausting) trip, because I almost quit before we opened.
What is your favorite film and why?
3. The Bicycle Thief, because it's perfect.
Why do you do theatre? Why are you in theatre? Why do you love theatre?
4. keeps me sane, keeps me sane, you get to do things you would not be able to get away with in real life.
Why or how did Barefoot become a part of your life?
5. Frank asked me to audition for a new Israel Horowitz play. I said yes.
Do you have any advice for young or aspiring artists?
6. Don't do it.
Over the course of theatre history many different movements have occurred. Do you foresee or anticipate any new movements coming our way? Are we in the middle of a movement right now?
7. The movement hasn't arrived yet, I do believe we have gone backwards.
Do you think the rise of social media will affect or is affecting theatre as an artform, or with regard to audience responses or subject matter of plays? How so?
8. I think the media does, and so far, at least in the art realm, it has watered things down a bit, but I believe the cream will rise eventually.
Who in your field do you admire most and why?
9. I admire my peers most, only a few, but I couldn't say who they are, because it would be hurtful to others.
GABE FAZIO is from Holtsville Long Island, started acting at 16. Attended Suffolk Community College, where he competed in the American College Theatre festival, at the Kennedy Center, and received the 1996 Irene Ryan Award for best actor.
Attended the New School For Social Research, and received an MFA, in 2000. Gabe is a member of the Actors Studio, and the Barefoot Theater. He is a resident actor at the Long Island Shakespeare Festival, since 2000, where he played the title roll in ROMEO and JULIET and “Grumio” in THE TAMING of the SHREW, directed by Barri Ingham.
Off, and off-off Broadway Credits: The NYC premier of Tennessee William’s SPRING STORM, at the St. Clements Theatre, NYC premier of the short play, SINS Of The MOTHER at 79th Street Theatre, with Barefoot Theatre Company, “Phillip” in LOBO’s Production of Lyle Kessler’s ORPHANS at Urban Stages, ROOM SERVICE, directed by Arthur Stortch, at the Actor’s Studio, the world premier of Edward Allan Baker’s, A FREE GIFT INSIDE, directed by Elizabeth Kemp at The Actors Studio. Television and Film Credits: LAW and ORDER, ABC mini series, THE PATH to 9/11, PAPER COVERS ROCK, BLUE COLLAR BOYS, A SONG STILL INSIDE, NIGYO, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, INDIANA, GUN. Gabe is co-director and writer of two short films, JOE MOVER and TEN: THIRTY ONE.
He is currently starring in the short film GUN, which had its debut this year at the Sundance Film Festival. GUN has been raking up awards all over the country, including A BEST ACTOR award, at the 2013 HollyShorts Film Festival.
Gabe recently had his first run on the big screen this past March in the critically acclaimed, The Place Beyond The Pines, directed by auteur Derek Cianfrance. Gabe portrays “Scott”, an unassumingly, viscous Schenectady Policeman with a furious chevron mustache.
Gabe is currently filming the feature, INDIANA and is work-shopping a project he wrote for the screen.