Meet The Principal
After graduating from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Gemma’s theatre credits include ensemble/1st cover Scaramouche in We Will Rock You (West End), Rusty in Footloose (West End and UK tour), Seagulls Dance (Soho Laundry), Irene McNally in The Piper (Savoy) and Puss in Boots in Nursery Crimes (King’s Head). Gemma was proud to be part of the critically acclaimed Spring Awakening (Lyric, Hammersmith and West End) and then joined the newly directed Les Misérables, which took the production back home to Paris (original company, 25th anniversary international tour). She also performed as part of the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2 and The Royal Variety Performance with the Les Misérables cast. Most recently, Woman 2 in Shoes (Peacock), Diva 1 in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Palace) and Factory Girl in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre). Gemma was a finalist for the BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre 2006 and has worked extensively as a soloist in the UK and abroad with various orchestras, including The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Music of Bond, Summer Nights (Tonbridge Castle) and concerts for the Hallé Orchestra under the musical direction of Carl Davis CBE (Bridgewater Hall). Gemma’s television and film credits include Celtic Soul Brothers, Children in Need, Paloma Faith music video New York and a T-Mobile commercial. Gemma also appears in the Oscar winning movie of ‘Les Miserables’.
Gemma has been teaching alongside her career in theatre, and has been involved with many different performing arts schools up and down the country.
She works with top London agency Morgan and Goodman Kids as their main vocal coach and teaches privately at home and in London. Gemma also runs her own theatre master classes business, which operates all over the country.
Sierra recently finished her Broadway engagement as Christine Daae in Phanto
m of the Opera, celebrating the 25th Anniversary. In 2012 she returned to London for a limited engagement as Fantine in the Les Miserables. Prior to that, she starred in the 25th Anniversary Concert of The Phantom Of The Opera at Royal Albert Hall, played opposite Tyne Daly in the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s Master Class and starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies in the West End, for which her performance received a 2011 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Sierra’s other NY theatre credits include starring as the title character in the Broadway production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations and Broadway.com award for Favorite Breakthrough Performance), the final cast of off-Broadway’s Love, Loss And What I Wore and in the City Centre Encores! production of Music in the Air. She starred as ‘Christine Daae’ in the Las Vegas production of Phantom of the Opera and has been seen regionally as Binky in Princesses and in the US national tour of Les Miserables. Concert appearances include The BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series: The Lyrics of David Zippel, New York Pops at Lincoln Center, Broadway by the Year at Town Hall, 54 Below and the Four Star Concert series in Japan. Recordings include the 25th Anniversary Concert of The Phantom Of The Opera (also on DVD), the Symphonic Recording of Love Never Dies, the Original Cast Album for The Little Mermaid, Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess and John Wilson Orchestra at the Movies. Her debut solo album Awakening was released last year and is a Live recording of her solo show at 54 Below in New York City.