Born and raised in Sydney, Gabriel Pinkstone returns to her hometown to take up the Chief Operating Officer position at Sydney WorldPride 2023 after more than 20 years in Montreal, Canada.
“What an honour to be part of the team putting together Sydney WorldPride,” says Gabriel. “International Pride events like these can be truly life-changing on a personal level, and they also have a profound effect on the community and city in which they take place.”
Sydney WorldPride CEO Kate Wickett says “I’m so pleased to welcome Gabriel to the Sydney WorldPride team. She returns to Australia with a wealth of global experience which will be essential as we plan our world-class festival for 2023.”
A NIDA Production graduate, Gabriel’s first ever paying job in the arts was stage-managing the 1988 Mardi Gras Party. In a career spanning more than 30 years and over 100 projects, Gabriel has touched almost every aspect of the performing arts, from Broadway musicals to classics with landmark companies such as Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, to large-scale festivals in both Sydney and Montreal. In her 19 years at world-renowned Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, Gabriel held key senior roles such as Vice-President and Producer, contributing to multiple new business models and 17 new creations.
While in Canada, Gabriel and her wife were founding members of the LGBT+ Families Coalition, and actively contributed to the Canadian fight for civil union, equal marriage and parental rights, including presenting to both provincial and federal parliamentary committees.
As a participant in the 1994 Gay Games in New York and others since, Gabriel has experienced first-hand what a difference a celebratory, life-affirming experience like Sydney WorldPride can make. “I am very proud and excited to be coming home with my family, to help make Sydney WorldPride a successful and memorable event for our community and for Sydney,” she says.