Claire’s research interests lie at the intersection between performance, contemporary culture, embodiment, trauma theory and gender studies. She is currently completing her PhD at Brunel University London where her research is situated in a new area of academic enquiry, addressing the performance of female trauma through visual self- documentation, focusing on the popular cultural phenomenon of selfies.
Claire graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2003 with a BA Hons in Drama. Since then her professional experience includes working as a performer, an applied theatre facilitator, a director and most recently as a dramaturge. In 2009 she returned to her academic studies and embarked on an MA in Drama and Performance during which time her research focused on physical theatre, particularly the work of the Jasmin Vardimon Company. Upon completion of her Masters, Claire successfully published a version of her MA Thesis Dance Theatre: An Anti-Discursive Illustration of an Embodied Existence.
Claire holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education and has been teaching on the drama degree course for the last 3 years. She teaches on a range of modules and is passionate about developing students understanding regarding the interplay between practice and theory.
Claire is currently co-convener of the Bodies and Performance working group for the Theatre and Performance Research Association.