Gabriel Reid

Actor / Commercial / Music Theatre / Director
Age Range

42—55

Height

168cm

Eye Colour

Brown

Hair Colour

Dark Brown

Ethnicity

New Zealander

Based In

Auckland

Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, and beginning his career as a child actor, Gabriel Reid was “bitten by the bug” at an early age. Across a wide range of stage and screen projects, he has worked as a writer, producer, director and actor. He has appeared on screen in 'Shortland Street', 'Street Legal', 'Outrageous Fortune' and 'We’re Here to Help'. He has been an assistant director on feature films, including 'Kiwi Christmas' and 'Prince Caspian'.

Gabriel was instrumental in establishing the company known today as New Zealand Opera. He was the second staff member hired by the company. Over five years, working alongside such luminaries as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, he served in a range of capacities; an assistant director on some operas, marketing officer on others. Independently of the opera company, his celebrated Maidment Theatre production of 'The Crucible' (which he directed and designed) was cited by former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has having "such a huge impact on me" that it helped awaken her to the power of the performing arts.

During years on staff at TVNZ, Gabriel created high-profile network idents and award-winning promotional campaigns. His creative output has garnered Promax, Tropfest and Writers Guild awards and his short films have played at major international festivals. His recent short film 'Impossible' was awarded Best Short Film by the New Zealand Cinematographers Society.

Dr Reid secured his Ph.D. in Film Studies with a thesis researched at Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic, DreamWorks and Weta Digital. His M.A. thesis, examining Shakespeare on screen, was researched at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and Renaissance Films. At Unitec Institute of Technology, he has lectured on Film History and New Zealand Cinema. He served ten years on the board of the Directors and Editors Guild, including two terms as vice president, and five years on the board of Film Auckland.

As a writer-director-producer, he is actively developing a slate of theatre, film and television projects.

Gabriel Reid

Artist Resume

Television

Year
Role
Production

2017

Mr Taylor

American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story

Amazon Prime

2008

Russell Smith

Shortland Street

South Pacific Pictures

Dir. Jeff Szusterman

2008

Drew Fodor

Fair Go

TVNZ

2006

Brian Schroder

Outrageous Fortune

South Pacific Pictures

Dir. Simon Bennett

2004

John Gibbert

Shortland Street

South Pacific Pictures

Dir. Sam Scott

2002

Andre Monaghan

Shortland Street

South Pacific Pictures

Dir. John Callen

2000

Vaughn Reynolds

South Pacific Pictures

Dir. John Callen

2000

Simon Harrison

Street Legal

ScreenWorks

Dir. John Laing

1997

Assistant Director

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Pacific Renaissance

Dir. Various

1983

Terry Spencer

An Age Apart

TVNZ

Dir. Tony Holden

Feature Film

Year
Role
Production

2008

Third Assistant Director

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Disney/Walden

Dir. Andrew Adamson

2007

Production Assistant

Bridge to Terabithia

Walden Media

Dir. Gabor Csupo

2007

Jeremy Griffin

South Pacific Pictures

Dir. Jonothan Cullinane

2005

Set Production Assistant

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Disney/Walden

Dir. Andrew Adamson

Short Film

Year
Role
Production

2014

Director

Every Moment

Pageant Films

2004

Writer-Director

As Dreams Are Made On

Pageant Films

Stage

Year
Role
Production

1996

Director

The Crucible

Theatre Workshop

Dir. Gabriel Reid

1995

Communications Coordinator

Faust

Opera New Zealand

Dir. Ian Judge

1995

Communications Coordinator

La Traviata

Opera New Zealand

1994

Publicist

Madama Butterfly

Opera New Zealand

Dir. Ken Russell

1994

Publicist

Rigoletto

Opera New Zealand

Dir. Elijah Moshinsky

1993

Marketing and Publicity Officer

Carmen

Opera New Zealand

Dir. Grey Verdon

1993

Marketing and Publicity Officer

The Magic Flute

Opera New Zealand

Dir. Simon Phillips

1992

Marketing and Publicity Officer

The Flying Dutchman

Opera New Zealand

Dir. Lindy Hume

1992

Marketing and Publicity Officer

The Pearl Fishers

Opera New Zealand

Dir. Rodney Fisher

1991

Assistant Director

La Boheme

Auckland Metropolitan Opera

Dir. John Copley

1991

Assistant to Director

The Marriage of Figaro

Auckland Opera

Dir. Raymond Hawthorne

1990

Director

Amadeus

Theatre Workshop

Dir. Gabriel Reid

1990

Assistant to Business Manager

Die Fledermaus

Auckland Metroplitan Opera

Dir. Robert Alderton

Musical Theatre

Year
Role
Production

1980

Lars

Hans Christian Anderson

Dir. Maggie Harper

1980

Chorus

Oliver

Mercury Theatre

Dir. Simon Phillips