Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor is the Director of Engagement at the UW School of Drama. In this role, she fosters, stewards, and supports relationships with students, prospective students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, audiences, local communities, and professional theatre communities nationwide. She approaches her work with a background in journalism, dance, and community activism.
Previously at Seattle Opera, Gabrielle helped to lay the foundation for the company's Community Conversations series. These events fostered civic dialogue, highlighted local artists, and welcomed new perspectives to opera. The lobby displays and public forums she created for Madame Butterfly were praised as “a helpful model” for racist, historic works in The New York Times. Additional contributions to Seattle Opera included the creation of the blog “Black Voices in Response to Porgy and Bess,” a collaborative internship with TeenTix to support youth arts writers, and cultural knowledge for the world premiere of An American Dream.
Since 2012, Gabrielle has been organizing and volunteering with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), an Asian American-led civil rights organization. She has also been proud to collaborate with Wing Luke Museum, the Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet, Asian Opera Alliance, and the blog SeattleDances.
As both an arts advocate and as an artist, Gabrielle is dedicated to supporting spaces of liberation for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. She has received grants from Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, the Washington State Arts Commission, and the Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program.