Clare is a UK based theatre, musical theatre and opera director. Since 2015, Clare has been director of Stafford Festival Shakespeare, an open air 1,000 seat ‘annual pop up’ theatre created at Stafford Castle, England. The 2018 production – Macbeth – will mark Clare’s third year for the Festival, produced by Stafford Gatehouse Theatre company – after critical success with both Othello (2016) and The Tempest (2017). Other recent credits include two seasons at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Scotland with Hard Times (2016) and Improbable Fiction (2017). Also in 2018, Clare will direct the premiere of new comedy The Golden F***ing Years (also known as What’s Left Behind) by Adrian McLoughlin for Vital Signs Productions at the Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley, London.
Clare trained at the Royal National Theatre Studio, London after reading English at The University of Leeds and Theatre Production at the University of Hull . Clare staff directed for Regents Park Open Air Theatre, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park and Tete a Tete Opera. Clare has been regular Associate Director for Sir Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre Company, Scarborough since 2008, on UK tours of Roundelay, Life of Riley, Life and Beth, Communicating Doors and A Trip to Scarborough.
In addition to directing work, Clare also writes plays and musical theatre book and lyrics and has collaborated with a number of UK composers, most regularly with Craig Adams on two large cast musicals for Youth Music Theatre, UK; Shadowthief, a family dance theatre piece and Defect, a large cast rock/pop musical in development with Adams/Perfect Pitch Musicals Ltd.