At age four Gabe contracted bacterial Meningitis and spent weeks in the hospital and lost most of his hearing in both ears only to gain very little back in his right ear, he is to wear hearing aids.
Gabe attended ST. JOSEPHS CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL from grades 1-3 and later transferred to TAMARAC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in the Sachem Public School district from grades 4-6.
Upon graduating from elementary school level, and due to disciplinary problems and poor grades, he was enrolled in the now defunct LASALLE MILITARY ACADEMY, all boys parochial school. He was asked not to return to the high school at LaSalle and spent his first year of high school at MERCY in Riverhead Long Island.
The faculty of MERCY High School did not accept him back for his sophomore year and was transferred TO ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST DIOCESAN HIGH SCHOOL in West Islip Long Island, where he remained until his graduation.
It was at ST. JOHNS where he met Noel Ruiz from CREATIVE MINISTRIES, a theater company on Long Island, and was cast as a chorus member in the school production of Godspell, directed by Mr. Ruiz. In one rehearsal, one of the leading members of the cast was absent and Gabe was asked to take his place. Mr. Ruiz impressed with Gabe’s commitment, gave him a song and a few sketches for him in the show.
The next year, Gabe’s senior year, CREATIVE MINISTRIES was asked to return to St. Johns’ for a second production, Grease. Gabe spent the entire summer practicing with friend Joy Kunkel the duet Summer Night’s and auditioned together. Mr. Ruiz impressed again with the preparation cast Gabe as Kenickie and Joy as Cha Cha. The show was a success and sold out the auditorium every night.
Gabe graduated High School and enrolled into SUFFOLK COMMUNITY COLLEGE in Seldon. It was there where Gabe developed his skills as an actor. The program was fierce, competitive and acted more as a conservatory theater program. They had a diverse faculty with performing classical works by Moliere and Shakespeare as well as contemporary plays, such as Shepard, Albee, and Tennessee Williams and musicals such as Evita with pit orchestras as well as guest directors from RADA and workshops with the KABUKI THEATER. They had four theaters; two proscenium theaters, one sat 700 people and the other 300, with an intimate black box that sat 50.
Gabe in the course of four years performed in over a dozen productions as well as garnering top acting Honors in the prestigious IRENE RYAN AWARD in the AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATER FESTIVAL held at the KENNEDY CENTER, in DC.
Gabe was accepted into TEMPLE UNIVERSITY MFA with a 2/3 scholarship the first two years and a full scholarship last year. But needed to spend a year at NORTHERN ILLINOIS to attain a bachelor’s degree. Enrolled in N.I.U. Gabe was accepted into the Actors Studio MFA program at the NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY, and was willing to take Gabe without his Bachelors degree. So that year in 1997, Gabe began his schooling in NYC.
It was there where he studied with Elizabeth Kemp and David Gideon and met the late Barbara Poitier where Gabe continued to study and work with professionally.
In 2000 the summer after his graduation, Gabe booked his first professional acting job in which he starred in the title role in Romeo And Juliet at the inaugural season of the LONG ISLAND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. The following year, he starred as Grumio in The Taming Of The Shrew opposite Matt Loney as Petruchio directed by famed Engilsh Actor Barrie Ingham.
In early 2001 Gabe was accepted as a member into THE ACTORS STUDIO.
Gabe has studied and attended workshops given by the late Geraldine Barron, Gian-Carlo Nani, Mario Biagini, Andre Gregory, Arthur Penn, Sondra Seacat and Elizabeth Kemp; where he practiced her Dream Workshop.
Gabe is also a filmmaker, where he has written, directed and acted in two short films, Joe Mover and Ten:Thirty One. He has written several screen plays and has adapted a Play from a Jack London novella.
Gabe has acted in countless student films, from NYU and COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, and several independent features and shorts and television and a soon to be released big screen debut.