Director of the Creative Lab at Cirque Du Soleil Media, Gillian Ferrabee was part of our Women Disrupters Glug in New York city!
Gillian’s fascination with innovation in storytelling goes way back. She wrote and directed her first play at the age of 10. It was a remake of Snow White where Snow White and her team of dwarfs rock the forest, and then Snow White chooses her own prince, or princess, from the audience to marry sometime in the future. Gillian’s first professional career was as a contemporary dancer. She toured Europe, North America and Mexico for a decade with the companies, O Vertigo Dance and Carbone 14 Dance Theatre. She began acting in film and TV in 1994, and eventually branched out into teaching, coaching and screenwriting.
In 2004, She joined Cirque du Soleil’s casting team as a full-time artistic scout and travelled the world auditioning unique and exceptional talent, and scouting new trends in live performance and design. She was on the team that cast The BEATLES’ LOVE show in 2006, as well as many other shows in the company’s repertoire. In 2012, she was named Director of the Creative Lab at Cirque Du Soleil Media, where she now leads a team in developing projects for TV, film and new media. Their most recent projects include the 2016 Emmy award-winning VR project INSIDE THE BOX OF KURIOS, co-produced with Felix & Paul Studios; and the pre-school animated series LUNA PETUNIA, created in partnership with Saban Brands, which will premiere on Netflix in December 2016.