Trained at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in the early 80s, Gabriella spent much of her professional acting career first in Australia, then Europe. Back in New Zealand, her credits included guest starring roles in Duggan, Xena, Hercules and Shortland Street. A run-in with cancer catalysed a re-focus, which led to establishing a production company specialising in non-broadcast health promotion and education programming. Gabriella took over the management of the Robert Bruce Agency after the unexpected passing in March 2009 of Robert—her partner in life and business. With 30 years experience in creative and production processes, Gabriella's commitment now is to keep building on the Agency's own 30 year history by continuing the Robert Bruce name.