Gemma is the founder of Immerse Drama trained in Contemporary Theatre in Manchester, UK, and has been teaching drama from a young age at 16.
Through studying Contemporary Theatre at university, Gemma learned the skills, techniques and approaches to what it takes to put together an entire theatre production from scratch. It felt so fulfilling and eye-opening, It was about developing creativity and exploring different aspects of the arts.
Gemma realised that people could find more joy and satisfaction when given freedom of expression compared with just doing what they are told. It was about actors working together collaboratively to see what they could create.
After graduating, Gemma landed her first job, touring with a Theatre in Education company in Italy, the job involved acting and teaching and she went onto work as the artistic director, directing and training new actors that came on board. After a year and a half she returned to Manchester and began teaching drama in schools and extra-curricular classes, this set the foundations for what she loves doing in her classes.
She persevered in the UK, writing, and performing her work as she developed a one-act play which won competitions to take it to stage.
Since 2001, Gemma has trained and focussed on screen work and worked with top casting directors from the UK, Australia and US and film directors such as Kim Farrant on extensive workshops, to explore their approach and how they feel they achieve the best out of actors.
In 2013, Gemma travelled to Australia with a simple desire to see some kangaroos!
After a stint in Western Australia’s the Kimberley region, working at a resort where she learnt to chef, drive boats and catch fish to grant her visa, she landed back in Melbourne, ready to act and play.
In 2017 Immerse Drama was born and nowadays Gemma absolutely loves imparting her knowledge by teaching all ages. She has found passionate teachers that share her vision in providing a creative space to create down to earth actors, or just have fun and play!
Gemma still acts, writes and directs and trains with coaches around the world, always looking to learn more.
Founder Gemma Flannery leads an engaging, creative, and experienced team who will guide you through all aspects of your child’s drama journey from beginning to end.
All Immerse Drama teachers are experienced artists ready to mentor students in all aspects of the arts. Their passion is evident from the moment their classes begin. Rest assured that our teachers want only what’s best for each student here at Immerse Drama. We believe in allowing feelings and emotions and being heard and seen.
We’ve been told many times that our drama classes provide the perfect place to express their emotions, use imagination and connect with others in a safe place to play.
That really warms our heart because it’s exactly what we were aiming for when starting the business.
We believe in being truthful and playful
The key to success is taking risks and starting with a safe place where you can practice. We allow our students to try different approaches, and challenge the roles they play, to bring out the best in them, everyone is unique and there is no wrong answer.
We build confidence and creativity
Immerse Drama wants to encourage self-expression and exploration in our students. It is rewarding to see your student come up with an idea, execute it on stage, and then develop more confidence in front of your eyes!
Sir Ken Robinson – a world-renowned thinker on education innovation, said:
“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued. If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original”
Being a team player is at our core.
You learn more when you work together than if you do it on your own! At Immerse Drama, it’s not about getting the best part, it’s about being part of something.
Stanislavski, Theatre Practitioner once said
“There are no small parts, only small actors”
Exploring your emotions is key
By understanding how a character feels in a role, we can empathise, and therefore understand and believe, and when we believe who we are and what we are doing, so will an audience!
Let’s make believe!
We live in a world where anything is possible, so it makes sense to explore every possibility and find ways for us to access ourselves through characters. In our classes, we like to challenge our performers, to think outside the box, to try things in different ways, and create a stand out performance.
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