A native of Co.Clare, Ireland, Claudia is a theatre maker, director, writer and scholar based in Chicago.
Claudia is currently working as a dramaturg and assistant director on The Battlefields of Clara Barton, a new musical by Suzan Zeder and Jenn Hartmann Luck.
Recently she premiered a work-in-progress showing of her new robot-theatre piece Goodnight, Lovelace at Links Hall, Chicago. Goodnight, Lovelace follows the relationship between Grace and Lovelace, an artificially-intelligent robot, performed by Claudia and a Sphero Sprk+ robot.
Recent Dublin-based directing credits include the award-winning Knowing Nathan by Tony Doyle and Laura O’Shea (The Complex, Dublin/ Galway Fringe Festival-Winner of the Judge’s Choice Award 2018), Shakers (Smock Alley, 2019), It Will Break (Smock Alley, 2019) and Constellations (The Samuel Beckett Theatre, 2016). She has been assistant director to Maeve Stone at The Peacock, a stage at The Abbey, Ireland’s National Theatre, and to Stone and Kate Davis and Emma Valente of Australia’s The Rabble at Fringe Lab.
Her debut one-woman play The Wendy House debuted at Smock Alley, Boy’s School in May 2018 (★★★★- The Arts Review). She recently had a short play The Marble Contraption published online by Fishamble: The New Play Company. Her writing often explores childhood, life in rural Ireland, and the pursuit of joy in unlikely places. She has also served as a playwriting mentor for ASSITEJ’s ‘In the Works’ Theatre for Young Audiences festival in South Africa.
As an actor Claudia has performed in Irish theatres such as The Samuel Beckett Theatre, The New Theatre and Smock Alley, on RTÉ Television and in several independent films.
Claudia has just finished her second year as a PhD student at Northwestern University in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama program. Here, she was recently awarded the Herman Diedrich and Richard Johnson Families Scholarship from the School of Communication. Her research examines how female gendered new media devices, or what she terms 'virtual women', perform gender and how this relates to practices of care and aesthetic labour. In 2017, Claudia graduated with a First Class Honours BA in Drama and Theatre from Trinity College, Dublin, where she was awarded a Gold Medal upon graduation for outstanding academic merit.
Photo: Stephen James O'Neill
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