Who We Are
Gemma trained at The William Esper Studio in New York under Bill and Suzanne Esper. She recently appeared in the BAFTA winning ITV drama The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and performed a bi-lingual role in Teatro Inestable / Red Sky Theatre's A Veces / Sometimes in Valencia, Spain.
Other work includes Rosalind in As You Like It at The RSC's Dell, and Katerina in A Woman Mov'd at Colston Hall, both for RippedScript; a rehearsed reading of Robin Mukherjee's Silence in the Studio at The Theatre Royal, Bath's Ustinov Studio; Theatre Uncut at the Bristol Old Vic; and The Chainmakers' Strike at The Riverside Studios with And Then We Danced.
Gemma is a founding member of Akrasia Productions and an associate artist with Hecate Theatre Company with whom she has twice performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Bethan is a Bristol-born actress with training in Stage Combat, Puppetry, Ensemble, Movement, Singing and much more. She has recently graduated from the Birmingham Theatre School where she undertook postgraduate studies; prior to that she received her BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies and Performance Studies from Aberystwyth University. Bethan is also a current member of the National Youth Theatre.
Bethan says: "I am thrilled and honoured to be part of such an amazing cast and team, the story we are telling is so important and gets more poignant every time I read it."
Past credits include: Evergreen in the Avon Valley Immersive Christmas Event; Eleanor (lead pupeteer) in Heartwood (Edinburgh Fringe); Milady DeWinter in The Three Musketeers (The Old Fire Station, Birmingham); and Sally Bowles in Cabaret (The Old Fire Station, Birmingham).
James is a young actor who has recently graduated from College with an Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. He is currently working as a freelance actor in stage and film and is studying with the Academy of Performance Combat. Some of his notable recent performances include: Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet), Clifford Bradshaw (Cabaret), Inspector Pissani (Accidental Death of an Anarchist), Salty (Teechers), Cinesias (Lysistrata).
Benjamin is an actor and musician from Frome, Somerset. He trained at Rose Bruford Drama School in 2018 and has since been working with Magpie Dance company in facilitating movement for performers with learning difficulties. In 2016 he traveled to Texas to study American Theatre where he played Andrew Jackson in the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Other credits have included Robbie in Sucessionville (Steven Dykes) and being the Musical Director of The Hairy Ape (Eugene O’Neill). Benjamin is very proud to be a part of this production.
June is thrilled to have been asked by Eva Schloss to direct and take And Then They Came for Me on tour in the South West of England. She has extensive experience directing theatre, from children to professionals and has directed short plays in London at The Pleasance and Soho. She has an MLitt degree, with emphasis in directing Shakespeare, from Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Vermont and Oxford, UK, and an MA in creative writing from California State University, Chico. After her thirty-year teaching career as Head of Theatre and English in secondary schools in California, she moved to England, where she and two talented colleagues set up The School, an advanced performing arts school for young people in the Nailsea area. She has travelled extensively in the US, Mexico, Peru and France.
* Savannah will join the company in September 2019
Savannah is a German-South African actress based in Bristol. Since graduating with a 1st-class Honours B.A. in Performance, and has since appeared in various stage shows and award-winning short films across the North East and South West. Credits include Pure Sin with Head and Wrecker Productions (Short Film), The Anti-Brexit Love Show with Remania Productions (performed at The Alma Tavern), as well as Manifesto for a New City (performed with Northern Stage).
Savannah feels incredibly honoured to be a part of this important production, and to help pass on this truly incredible story.
* Matt will join the company in September 2019
Matt graduated East 15 Acting School in 2015 and has performed primarily in touring family theatre, specialising in puppetry, percussion and interactive performance. He also regularly works in TV, film and immersive events. Alongside his acting, Matt works as an agent for Robert Solomon Casting and is an author of fantasy novels. Having grown up in the south-west, Matt loves bringing innovative and emotive work to his home and is excited to be part of And Then they Came For Me. His credits include working for: Merlin Entertainments, Dreamworks, Warner Bros., Little Blue Monster Productions, The Sooty Show and Samajam.