Gabrielle Ruiz is an American actress, philanthropist, producer,
activist and champion for the arts. She is known for The CW’s
critically acclaimed comedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, where she received
rave reviews as Valencia Perez. Her most recent project is What Are
Friends For podcast, where she produces and co-hosts. You can
also catch her on Modern Family, Better Things, Alone Together,
Orange Is The New Black, Sesame Street, Law & Order: SVU, and The

She performed on Broadway in If/Then with Idina Menzel, Evita with
Ricky Martin, In The Heights with Lin-Manuel Miranda and in the 1st
National Tour of A Chorus Line, as Diana Morales.

Gabrielle hails from Edinburg, Texas, known locally as the Rio Grande
Valley, where she produces many musical theatre projects and
workshops for the public school educational systems.

Gabrielle has addressed Members of Congress in support of Arts
Education Week, has been the keynote speaker for the Human
Rights Campaign San Diego Gala, and has hosted many fundraisers
for non-profit organizations, most of which focus on arts education
and dance.

She continues to mentor and choreograph in New York and Los
Angeles in addition to producing two podcasts: Glendale Post
Sermon and What Are Friends For.