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Garbrielle Strong

Adjunct Lecturer


Master in Fine Arts, Northwestern University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cornish College


Gabrielle Strong lives up to her name in all things she does. She is an innovator, creator, artist, and designer that will bring strength, determination, intelligence, and creativity to each design. She is a multi-disciplinary queer artist that seeks to create intentional and beautiful work. Her work has included but not limited to theatre, dance, opera, art installations, generative work, and film. She is known for her rigorous collaboration process and intentional storytelling.

She has designed domestically and internationally. In 2019, she was awarded the John Woodbridge Award from Northwestern University and was a 2020 Hemsley Award Finalist. She’s assisted and worked with designers such as Marcus Doshi, Eric Southern, Chris Akerlind, Brian McDevitt, and more.

Gabrielle was awarded her MFA at Northwestern University in 2020. Prior to coming to Chicago, she was awarded her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She is an adjunct professor of lighting at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She devised an online workshop called “Lighting Design and Cinematography in the Age of Covid” designed for performers and directors. Her first published book, “The Grief Collection”, is set to be released March of 2023.