Graduate student directing projects.
“...her abilities as an acting teacher or coach are remarkable.” William Oliver; Professor of Theatre, UC Berkeley
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
“A very moving production, capturing all the heartbreak of raising a severely retarded child, but also putting forth all the bittersweet humor of the piece.” John Fisher; Executive Director, Theatre Rhinoceros “...a well crafted and taut production.” “...she put together a story that is compelling and ultimately unsettling.” The Daily Californian “Gemma’s work with the actors was wonderfully honest, clear, and very moving.” Barbara Bosch; Professor and Chair, Department of Theatre, Hunter College, City University of New York
A black comedy in which a British couple struggle to save their marriage while trying to raise their daughter who has cerebral palsy.Don Juan in Hell
Juan, the Devil, the Commander, and Doña Ana debate the advantages of hell (art, beauty, love, pleasure) and heaven (rational discourse and promulgation of the Life Force). A delightful Shavian clashing of ideas.Striptease
A satire on the nature of power and corruption. An intellectual and an activist find themselves inside a room where a huge hand instructs them to act out an elaborate dance of submission.Picnic in the Battlefield
A Chaplinesque comedy about a soldier at the front line who shares a Sunday picnic with his mother and father amidst the fighting.
Academically Talented Development Program: Instructor, 13 years.
“...dedication to working with a richly-diverse student population, including impressive skills in recruitment.” “She is unique. Working with her is enriching and inspiring.” Nina Hersch Gableko; Director, Academic Talent Development Program, UC Berkeley
Improvisational Theatre, UC Berkeley Extension: Instructor, 12 years.
“Students deeply appreciated the first-rate level of teaching.” Lynne Kaufman; Arts Program Director, UC Berkeley Extension “Gemma is excellent, very perceptive, sensitive and thoughtful.” Student evaluation