Gem Allen is a multi creative talent cutting across TV and live presenting, and as an established artist. Credits include a UK arena tour, worldwide performances and live TV appearances on BBC, ITV and Sky among others.
Gem trained at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School in London and is a former member of UK girl band Stonefoxx. The group picked up a BT Award for best new talent, launched a console game for Nintendo Wii and performed to over 100,000 people on a tour of arenas across the UK and Ireland. Gem has since gone on to perform as a solo artist, released her debut single You Don’t Know Me in 2014.
Gem’s stage credits include the title roles in Annie, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty.
TV credits include Channel 4’s Pure, The 999 Awards, and comedy sketches on Celebrity Juice and Russell Howard’s Good news.
Gem has ten years live broadcasting experience presenting shows including Live Casino, Psychic Today, and Gems TV on Sky. She has also hosted a lot of big events including festivals, award ceremonies for charities and interviewed lots of celebrity guests at red carpet events.
Gem was also an official body model for mega star Katy Perry, and the guest vocalist for 90’s pop group AQUA touring the UK & Ireland.
‘You Don’t Know Me’ is available on iTunes and amazon.
JUNADE (Jay) KHAN
Junade Khan (better known to the students as Jay), trained at East 15 drama school and is best known for his role as series regular Ash Roy in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, Saj in Coronation Street, and as a Dothraki Bloodrider in Game of Thrones, Season 6.
Jay trained at East 15 Acting School, where he studied many acting techniques including method, grotowski, Michael Checkov & laban efforts. He is an extremely creative and engaging teacher who loves to inspire his students, and has been heavily involved in PopGems Academy since the very start in 2011.
Jay’s other credits include; BBC One’s Moving On, Waking the Dead, Jaypen Code:20 & C-Bomb.
Laura trained at Doreen Bird College and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music, where she has gained a degree in Acting and a degree in Musical Theatre.
Laura has a lot of experience and skill in acting technique, improvisation, physical theatre, voice technique, script work and audition technique/ preparation. Laura has trained for many years in numerous styles of dance, and specialisies in Tap, Technical Jazz/ Modern, Musical Theatre and Gymnastics. Laura is also a trained Musical Theatre and Pop/ Rock singer.
Laura’s credits include Footloose, Maid Marion in Robin Hood, Aladdin and Cinderella. She also appeared on Blue Peter dancing with Gareth Gates, and performed her own solo cabaret in the West End.
Laura has been teaching for ten years across the Midlands and South East London, and has been a valued part of the PopGems Academy team for over 5 years. She has a great passion to teach, and has choreographed our PopGems Academy numbers for the Pop Factor Tour in both 2015 and 2016 as well as numbers for all of our own productions.
Natalie trained at Doreen Bird College in Sidcup gaining her diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.
Natalie specialises in street and commercial dance, tap, ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre. Natalie has performed in many shows including 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. She has also performed professionally as an ensemble dancer in pantomimes across Liverpool.
Natalie followed her dreams by moving to Paris and performing in the parades as a dancer in Disneyland Paris. Since returning to London, she has found her passion lies in teaching and helping nurture young talent.
Natalie has been part of the PopGems team since 2017 teaching all ages from our Pop Tots who start at 8 months right up to our teens.
Tom graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2017 with a First Class BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre. His previous work as a director and dramaturg include Roadnight and Johnson’s Superhero: The Musical (later produced by NYMT), verbatim musical Overcoming Statistics and original works with Aktualise Theatre, where he co-organises script reading events to help develop actors’ fluency with text and provide writers’ an opportunity to hear their new works aloud.
Tom is a former member of the National Youth Music Theatre where we was part of original casts of new musicals including Brunger and Cleary’s Prodigy at the St James Theatre (now The Other Palace) and Benjamin Till’s UK Theatre Award winning Brass at the Leeds City Varieties. Tom is hugely passionate about the creation and development of new musical theatre in the UK, and joined Aria Entertainment in Spring 2019 as their Literary Manager and Assistant Producer, and has since worked on productions of The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit, Rags, Mame, and The Last Five Years for them. He is an experienced drama teacher with a passion for encouraging active engagement and fun in a love of the dramatic arts from a young age. He is thrilled to be working with the young people at PopGems!