Clare has worked across the UK and Europe since 1999 in theatre, musical theatre and opera as a director, writer and lyricist.
Liverpool born Clare enjoyed her University years in Yorkshire at the Universities of Leeds and Hull before embarking upon the Royal National Theatre Studio, London Scheme for Emerging Directors, and later Staff Director for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and English Touring Opera. Associate work followed for Alan Ayckbourn and The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough on several UK tours 2008-15 and as Artistic Associate for Cumbernauld Theatre, Scotland 2013-14; Two successful seasons at Pitlochry Festival Theatre with Hard Times by Stephen Jeffreys (after Dickens) and Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn (2015-2016). From 2016-2018 Clare was Director of Stafford Festival Shakespeare with critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2016), The Tempest (2017) and Macbeth (2018) bringing West End actors to the heart of England at the pop up 1000 seat theatre with a 22m x 18m thrust stage at English Heritage’s Stafford Castle.
Recent work includes projects for The Traverse Theatre and Stellar Quines in Edinburgh, project design and delivery for Eastgate Theatre, Peebles in community learning and engagement within nursing homes and residential settings; work with new writers, script reporting and development for Playwrights Studio, Scotland and a writing/adapting a new Christmas musical for British Youth Music Theatre – The Accidental Time Traveller from the novel by Janis Mackay.
Clare is an experienced arts professional with a proven track record, delivering 4 and 5 star results consistently in a 20 year career with many ideas in development for producers and artistic directors looking for creative ideas and productions. She has been fortunate to work with some of the UK’s most talented creatives in design, lighting and UK acting talent and has good contacts within the industry to attract exciting creative teams. She is also keen to meet new collaborators for future work. Production photography, reviews and more can be seen at www.clareprenton.com