Former Children Productions, founded in 2015, is the creative child born from the heart and mind of Gabriel Furman. We strive to tell stories that hold up a mirror to the human condition. Raw, real and hilarious all in the truth of the human soul. We play. We create. We are former children.
Gabriel Furman, born and raised in Far Rockaway, Queens, is an award winning actor, writer, and filmmaker and, lifetime member of The Actor's Studio. His passion started off as a professional B-Boy aka “breakdancer” and DJ in the underground NYC dance scene which took him to the New York stage, starting off his career while studying with Susan Batson at Black Nexxus and performing Improv at UCB and The Pit.
In 2015, he wrote, produced and starred opposite Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo in the award winning short, MOTHER'S DAY. The film catapulted Gabriel’s acting career to include And Just Like That, Law & Order SVU, Orange Is The New Black, CBS’s Blue Bloods, and Netflix’s Daredevil. For his true love, theatre, he starred as Judas in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at the famed La Mama, and Pinky in “Our Lady of 121st” at his artistic home, The Actors Studio. Both were directed by Academy Award Winner Estelle Parsons.
In 2018 Gabriel wrote, produced and starred in the short film WONDER, about
a young boy who dreams of being Wonder Woman for Halloween.
The film went on to win 21 awards, including Urbanworld’s Audience Award for “Best Short Film” and Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival’s Jury Award for “Best Short Film”, which qualified WONDER for Academy Award consideration and having it licensed by HBO and all of HBO’s streaming platforms. WONDER is currently being developed into a series with Academy Award winner Bobby Moresco (CRASH / MILLION DOLLAR BABY), Executive Producing. In the fall of 2019, Gabriel co-wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed play, “Brother’s Keeper” at The Actors Studio. He’s developing a feature film based on the play with Ellen Burstyn attached. Gabriel is also currently developing a ten-part mini series with Michael Raymond James entitled, So Close to Home, based on the book and true story of a family who is separated in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II and find their way back to each other. Gabriel lives in New York City with his girlfriend and their puppy.