Other Educational


Oakland Technical High School
Guest director.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Students in dance rehearsal for A Midsummer
Night’s Dream (The Oakland Tribune).
Oakland Tech’s Dream: First performance in
15 years boosts school’s image (The Oakland Tribune).
“...a triumph...a step toward rebuilding a full-fledged drama department...after a year punctuated by violence, including an on-campus murder.” The Oakland Tribune


Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore
One and a half years Professor of acting, directing, screen writing, and film editing.

Gemma with some of her students.
“She personified dedication to superior teaching.” “She is eminently suitable for being both a teacher and role model for students from a culturally and ethnically diverse society.” Veronica Leng; Senior Lecturer, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore “Gemma enriched our programme... She inspired our students.” Dr. Victor Valbuena; Director, Centre for Film and Media studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore


Theatre Tours, Ireland and England
Tour organizer and leader.

Student tour to Ireland and England.
“I cannot speak too highly of this theatre tour. Ms. Whelan’s organization was superb. As a theatre "freak", I was in seventh heaven the entire time.” Pamela Ford “Gemma is the ideal ambassador, teacher, and hostess...” Jody Knipe Hinshaw “Gemma provided a marvelous experience for our students.” Ken Burke; Professor, Mills College “We have been to all parts of the world, and our trip to Ireland with Gemma Whelan has been the most educational and the most pleasurable.” Lucy and English Strunsky
Berkeley Repertory Theatre School of Acting
“Gemma was so in touch, so in tune with us, so engaged and present; she had a bundle of incredible rich creative ways of making us work on a character, bringing out who we were, giving us the perfect balance of freedom and guidance with such a deep fine understanding of human beings.” Elisabeth Chemouni, Student