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Gayle Galvez

Gayle Galvez


Cindi Pak

Gymnast, Dancer, News Director, and Actor:
Gayle Galvez shines as them all

Gayle Galvez always wanted to be a performer. Her first love as a little girl growing up in Wisconsin was ballet. Then she saw the Olympic gymnasts and decided that was what she wanted to be. She trained in gymnastics for several years with the Badger Gymnastics Academy until she hurt her knee. That injury put an end to her gymnastics career and left her feeling rather lost. She attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and took classes at random at first, including a lot of French, but she eventually settled on a degree in Zoology.

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Television Director

After college Galvez eventually worked her way into the position of news director for one of the Denver television stations. She compares this work to being the conductor of a symphony. "I make sure everyone is on the same page. I have a headset and I talk to the technology people and remind them which camera to switch to and which video to play." She enjoys the work but finds the constant onslaught of bad news can be draining.

Breaking into Acting

And she still loves to perform for people. So four years ago she decided to attend the Denver Center National Theater Academy Summer Intensive course. There she learned modern interpretation, improvisation, voice, theater combat, and camera work. Since then she has appeared in numerous commercials and industrial videos, including a recent Oak Express commercial, in addition to a few plays and films.

Due to her Filipino heritage, Galvez is often mistaken for a Hispanic or Asian. She uses this ambiguity to her advantage in her acting. In the short film "Passing Berthoud," Galvez played a Latino. She made her stage debut as "Lue Ming," a young Viet Cong woman in "In the Heart of America," and she breaks into feature films as the missing Korean girl "Cindi" in "Dragon and the Hawk."

"Passing Berthoud" is a short film by Mayan Sky Films. It was featured at the 1999 Great Plains Film Festival. In it singer Jiuana Munoz plays a 19 year old girl leaving her home and family for the first time to pursue a writing career in New York. Galvez plays her "Aunt Gayle." The film deals with the problems of growing up and saying goodbye.

"In the Heart of America" was a play presented by Tracer Productions at the Oedipus Complex in 1998. Westword described Galvez's performance as "Lue Ming" as "a moving, beautifully controlled and down-to-earth portrayal that's a welcome respite from the self-indulgent nonsense that sometimes passes for acting these days."

Dragon and the Hawk

In "Dragon and the Hawk" Gayle Galvez plays a feisty Cindi Pak. Like the character in "Passing Berthoud," Cindi leaves her family in Hong Kong to pursue a modeling career in America. Her brother, Dragon Pak, worries about her trip but she promises to write him every week. "Besides," she says with a smile, "I know if anything happens to me my big brother will come to my rescue." When the letters stop, Dragon does come to America searching for her. But even as Dragon and Lieutenant Hawkins are searching for her, Cindi is no passive captive. She struggles against her captors and tries to kick the villain, Therion, when he tells her he intends to get rid of her brother.

Galvez enjoyed working on "Dragon and the Hawk." "I loved watching all the black belts," she said, referring to the stunt fighters. "Everyone was so good."

More acting in her future

Gayle Galvez is also appearing in the play, "Reader" presented by the Horse Chart Company at the Acoma Center starting March 10th.

Galvez enjoys performing and hopes to act full-time soon. She likes being on stage in front of an audience, but also would like to do more movies. "I would love to do dramatic parts, especially in a good story where the female roles are as developed as the male roles."

Gayle Galvez's personal page:
http://www.gaylegalvez.com