Gerry began his career as an actor in weekly rep at Shanklin Theatre performing in seventeen plays in eighteen weeks and followed this working with repertory companies up and down the country before embarking on a career in musical theatre. In the West End he appeared for fifteen years in many long running musicals and two Royal Variety Performances from The London Palladium. He spent many years touring provincial theatres and has probably appeared in most theatres in the U.K. - many of which no longer exist!
He was Associate Director of the Wolsey Theatre Company, Ipswich for ten years where he directed and choreographed many plays and musicals and was a regular Guest Director/Choreographer at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, Palace Theatre Watford, Mercury Theatre Colchester, Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Playhouse Derby.
Gerry was Overseas Director for the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi where he directed and choreographed multi-racial companies in various plays and musicals and he has worked extensively for the Academy for Performing Arts at the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong. Working abroad as a director, tutor and lecturer has included Hungary and Vienna, Holland, Norway, Jordan, America and Israel.
Gerry has written several compilation musicals such as The Master’s Voice based on the life of Noel Coward which he toured through East Africa, By George, based on the life of George Gershwin and Darling Of The Gods based on the life and times of Ivor Novello and was recently commissioned to write and direct ‘Elvis 1969 Las Vegas” He was overseas director for the New York based company Broadway Bound for whom he wrote and directed compilation musicals for the Q.E.2. Gerry recently appeared in the European Premier of the Broadway musical Ballroom at Waterloo East Theatre and also directed Peter Pan for Prime Pantomimes at the Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford.
To date Gerry has been involved in over three hundred theatre productions either as a performer, choreographer or director and continues to lecture on theatre. Dramatic Lines published his book on “Musical Theatre” which is aimed at young people hoping to follow a career in performing arts and he continues to run Masterclasses for the Theatre Royal Haymarket as part of their “opening doors” programme aimed at students gaining places in main stream drama schools.
Gerry is currently Head of Musical Theatre Foundation Course at Guildford School of Acting.