A native of Co.Clare, Ireland, Claudia is an award-winning theatre director, writer, and scholar based between Chicago and Dublin. She makes works that explores intimate connections between people, life in rural Ireland, and the power of the body as an agent of storytelling.
Claudia was recently the the assistant director for Remy Bumppo's production Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking (Theatre Wit, Chicago) and the assistant director and lead dramaturg on The Battlefields of Clara Barton, a new musical by Suzan Zeder and Jenn Hartmann Luck, which ran at the Wirtz Centre in October 2021.
Other 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) and Goodnight, Lovelace (Links Hall, Chicago, Winner of the A&H Council Prize at UT Dallas), Shakers (Smock Alley, 2019), It Will Break (Smock Alley, 2019) and Constellations (The Samuel Beckett Theatre, 2016).
Claudia has honed her directing craft by working as an assistant director at The Peacock, a stage at The Abbey, Ireland's National Theatre, with the American Musical Theatre Project, Australia's award-winning The Rabble, and as a movement director with Rough Magic. Her work has been supported by Dublin's Fringe Lab, Clare County Council, and Fishamble: The New Play Company.
As a playwright, her debut one-woman play The Wendy House debuted at Smock Alley, Boy’s School in May 2018 (★★★★- The Arts Review). Her short play The Marble Contraption was published online by the Olivier award-winning Fishamble: The New Play Company. She has also written for Northwestern's leading children's theatre Imagine U. 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. She is currently teaching Stage Acting at the Norris Centre at Northwestern University.
Claudia is a PhD candidate at Northwestern University in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama program. She is currently teaching an undergraduate class in Theatre, Performance, and Technology. Her research examines how female gendered new media devices, or what she terms 'virtual women', perform gender, race, and labour. She is the recipient of several academic accolades including a Gold Medal from Trinity College, Dublin (BA in Drama and Theatre Studies), the Herman Diedrich and Richard Johnson Families Scholarship and the Dissertation Development Program Fellowship (Northwestern University.)
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