THEATRE MAKER - DIRECTOR - SOCIALLY ENGAGED ARTIST
I BELIEVE GREAT THEATRE TO BE...
immediate and reflective of the world in which individuals live. In its communication there is a sense of urgency to reflect the collaborators 'here and now'. Whether responding to world events or personal experiences, it voices thoughts, opinions of the individual and of the collective.
Clara is an award winning freelance international Theatre-Maker, Director and Artist Researcher from Scotland. She specialises in creating sociopolitically engaged performance in a range of contexts and settings. Her work, which is immediate and responsive, explores the stories of the everyday and is presented both in theatres and in non-traditional spaces including parks, hospitals, night clubs and breweries.
Clara has created work with and for organisations such National Theatre, The Grande Blue, Lille France, Theatre NI (Northern Ireland) Youth Theatre Arts Ireland, Rose Theatre London and Hamilton Arts Festival New Zealand.
Clara is passionate in her pursuit to create work for and with young adults audiences, to explore their position in the world and reflect it back through performance. She is committed to ensuring young people's stories equally represented in mainstream Theatre. She has over 16 years extensive experience in producing performance for this demographic, collaborating with a number of Scotland's leading Theatre's and companies. including The National Theatre of Scotland, Puppet Animation Scotland, Macrobert, The Lyceum Theatre, Cumbernauld Theatre, Aberdeen Performing Arts Urban Fairytale Theatre Company and with her own Company Collision.
Clara is driven by a pedagogical pursuit to cultivate learning environments that promote creativity, experimentation, idea generation, risk taking and collaboration. This is evident through her research work both in and out of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
As a lecturer, Clara is currently at Edinburgh College and previously held lecturing positions at Dundee and Angus College, Fife, Carnegie and Adam Smith Colleges.
Within her practice of Verbatim and Applied Theatre, Clara has been invited as a guest lecturer / visiting Artist on the Contemporary Performance Practice Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has delivered master classes for Rose Bruford Drama School, the University of Waikato, New Zealand, North East College and regularly works with the Scottish Drama Training Network. For further information on Clara's Applied Theatre practice see Tiny Fragments / Engagement.
She is always on the look out for the next creative adventure. If interested in working with her please get in touch.
TINY FRAGMENTS // ENGAGEMENT
CLARA IS INTERESTED IN THE TINY FRAGMENTS OF WHAT MAKE PEOPLE HUMAN. IN HER APPLIED THEATRE PRACTICE, SHE COLLABORATES WITH INDIVIDUALS IN COMMUNITY, HEALTH, EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL SETTINGS TO CREATE PERFORMANCE AS A CATALYST FOR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE.
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AN APPROACH TO INTERROGATING CLARA'S OWN PRAXIS
- A CROSS OVER BETWEEN THEORY AND PRACTICE
Performance as research into the representation and participation of young people in performance. (ongoing)
With researcher and fellow Artist Jesse Paul.
Teaching Artist verses holder of the space. What is the role of the artist in the 21st Century?