Tony Estrella has been artistic director at The Gamm for 20 seasons. Since his ﬁrst show with the company (Antony & Cleopatra), he has appeared in or directed more than 70 productions. His favorite roles include Frank in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, George in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Shannon in The Night of the Iguana, Hamlet in Hamlet, Moe Axelrod in Awake and Sing!, Valere in La Bete, Katurian in The Pillowman, Teach in American Buffalo, and Vanya in Uncle Vanya. Directorial highlights include Hangmen, Bad Jews, Describe the Night, Assassins, JQA, True West, Festen, Sara Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis, A Streetcar Named Desire, Red, and the U.S.
premieres of Howard Brenton’s Paul and Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch. Tony has written several works for The Gamm stage including A Lie Agreed Upon (2021), and adaptations of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler, and Barry Unsworth’s acclaimed novel Morality Play. In addition to The Gamm, he has appeared on numerous regional stages. He most recently appeared in Joshua Harmon’s A Prayer for the French Republic at The Huntington Theatre in Boston. His ﬁlm credits include appearances in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, and The Good House. He is a recipient of the Claiborne Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts and is a longtime member of the theater faculty at his alma mater, URI.
Jason Cabral assumed the role of executive director for The Gamm in August 2023. A mission-driven leader, Jason has notable experience driving fundraising campaigns and operations at non-profits nationwide, including prominent performing arts organizations in New York City and Los Angeles. At The Public Theater and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, he held senior management roles and contributed to the development of donor-first giving programs that collectively raised over $24 million annually. As director of advancement operations and analytics for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, he helped achieve annual operating goals,
and played a pivotal role in safeguarding the theater’s short-term financial security at the onset of the pandemic. A native New Englander, Jason returned to the region in 2021 and has since helped spearhead strategic initiatives and multimillion-dollar campaigns with large non-profit organizations including the ASPCA, and both the NAACP and Habitat for Humanity International as a senior consultant for CCS Fundraising. Jason has an M.F.A. in acting from Wayne State University and a B.A. in theater performance from Rhode Island College. Prior to working as an administrator, he was an actor and teaching artist. With a first-hand understanding of the value and impact of local arts access and education, Jason is committed to enhancing The Gamm’s mission-focused investment in Rhode Island’s youth.