Gemma Connell is a Dancer, Choreographer, Writer, Director, Producer, Stage Manager and Project Manager currently residing in Bournemouth, UK.
Gemma graduated from the University of Warwick in 2010, with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in English Literature. She has a wealth of experience in all kinds of performance, and made her stage debut at the age of 10. Mainly working in the areas of Hip Hop, Freestyle and Street Dance, Gemma has opened for Kano and closed for Wiley. She has most recently performed for Community Arts North West, Exodus, Global Grooves and Cheshire Dance. Her time with Contact Theatre extends to performing to audiences in New York, via telepresence.
Now at 24 years of age, Gemma has produced and managed projects and commissions for the Manchester International Festival, Contact Theatre, Manchester Literature Festival, Cheshire Dance, Pavilion Dance South West and the 24:7 Theatre Festival, as well as Stage Managing for Festival 2012’s Piccadilly Circus Circus.
The Jerwood Charitable Foundation funded Gemma’s attendance at the Atelier for Young Festival Managers in Slovenia, 2012, a pan-European conference for outstanding individuals working in the arts.
Gemma currently holds the position of Youth and Education Coordinator at Pavilion Dance South West, the National Dance Agency for the South West of England, supporting regional dance strategy development and representing the South West Dance sector nationally.
Gemma is also Artistic Director of Broken Rose Performing Arts. The company aims to tell difficult stories through a blending of performing arts. A Broken Rose show is inquisitive, honest and spectacular; aiming to be mischievous, constantly enquiring, and bold.
Broken Rose’s first show, spoken word and dance open stage event Flow! debuted at Contact Theatre in Manchester in October 2011. Since then, Broken Rose has toured to the 24:7 Theatre Festival, produced a short play, Bitten, and delivered dance workshops around the UK. Broken Rose’s first children’s show, Spooked, premiered at the Lollibop Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, in August 2013. Broken Rose most recently took part in Breakin’ Convention’s Open Art Surgery in Bournemouth, and Flow! #3 will take place at Pavilion Dance South West in March 2014.