Gemma Connell is the Artistic Director of The Artifact, a post-hip-hop company which creates dance in conversation with other art forms, based in South Wales. Gemma was part of the first cohort of the Jerwood Creative Bursaries, with her placement as Trainee Producer (MIF Creative) at Manchester International Festival taking place from 2010-2011. Since then, she has worked with Rosie Kay Dance Company, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and Fun Palaces as a freelance dance artist, and on a variety of Olympic projects, including as a Stage Manager for Piccadilly Circus Circus, as part of the Mayor of London’s Surprises in 2012. From 2012-2014, she held the position of Youth and Education Coordinator at Pavilion Dance South West. Gemma’s most recent venture comes in the form of a doctorate, as a PhD Candidate at The University of Surrey, in receipt of the Doctoral College Studentship Award, and researching semi-autobiographical representations of gender violence in Hip Hop dance theatre.