Gabriella Santinelli

Adjunct Lecturer

Gabriella Santinelli


Gabriella Santinelli is an award-winning actress, vocalist, coach, and faculty member of the USC School of Dramatic Arts.

While still a theatre senior at Northwestern University, Santinelli made her professional debut as Papagena in The Magic Flute with Chamber Opera Chicago.

Since then, she has performed extensively on four continents, including Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera (UK National Company), numerous leading roles with The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company (West End/Savoy Theatre), and a world tour of Robert Wilson’s avant grade masterpiece The Black Rider (Barbican/London; Sydney Festival; A.C.T./SF; Ahmanson/LA).

In 2004, Santinelli won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for Jerry Springer The Opera (world première company; National Theatre & West End; original cast album).

Additional career highlights include an apprenticeship with the Atlantic Theatre Company under David Mamet and William H. Macy, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Covent Garden), Le Nozze di Figaro at Highclere Castle (aka “Downton Abbey”), Sondheim’s Company (UK Regional), Three Sisters (UK première Mamet adaptation), The Exonerated (Off West End), Do I Hear A Waltz? (London Fringe), The Last Pilgrim (London Fringe, world première), Freud, Dora and the Wolfman (Chicago, world première) and An Ideal Husband (Sierra Madre Playhouse).

In 2019, Santinelli became an Oscar-winning dialect coach, working with Danielle Macdonald on Academy Award-winning live action short, Skin. Santinelli also coached  Macdonald on Skin the feature (A24) and American Horror Story (F/X).

Santinelli enjoys an ongoing collaboration with British actor Will Kemp for his leading roles on Spinning Out (Netflix), Reign (CW), Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce (Bravo), Petals On The Wind (Lifetime), Doom Patrol (DC Universe), Love Romance & Chocolate and Royal Matchmaker (Hallmark; Best Actor Award).

She has also coached series regulars on Mindhunter (Netflix), Waking The Dead (BBC), Pandora (CW), Teen Wolf (MTV), Love Is_ (OWN).

Santinelli recorded for over a decade with London Voices at Abbey Road Studios, including The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Star Wars III, and Harry Potter III and VII Part 2. Hollywood studio singing includes Oblivion, Godzilla, X-Men: Apocalypse and La La Land.

Renowned venues include The Royal Albert Hall: Verdi’s Requiem, Live to Picture The Lord Of The Rings I & II, Sir Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum (+studio recording); Royal Festival Hall: The Lord Of The Rings Symphony; Queen Elizabeth II Hall: Musetta in La Bohème; LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall: Holst’s The Planets and Ted Hearne’s Sound From The Bench (John Adams, conductor); LA’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels: Handel’s Messiah, LA Opera’s annual liturgical productions and Staff Soprano; The Hollywood Bowl: La La Land Live In Concert, conducted by Oscar-winner Justin Hurwitz.

On Screen: Losing Isaiah, A Summer In Genoa, The Bloodhound, and shorts for American Film Institute. Commercials: Big Al’s Burger’s (Ireland), Airwick (UK).

Voiceover & Group Looping/ADR: Ellen: The Ellen Degeneres Show, Pingu’s English (Levels 1-4), GHD Hair Products, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Gambit, Dread, Absentia, The Christmas Prince Switch, Christmas Prince III – Royal Baby.

Santinelli resides in the Hollywood Hills, where she coaches and mentors actors privately from around the world.


BS, Northwestern University
MM, Mannes School of Music, The New School