04 Jun CLARE ELLEN O’CONNOR
Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre at The Arts Academy, Ballarat
Clare has always loved to perform, her first memory of this being when she was 4 and would perform Hanson concerts (her students would be too young to remember those guys!) for her family in their lounge room.
After singing and dancing her way through her childhood, Clare completed a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre at The Arts Academy in Ballarat. Clare’s highlight from her time at university was playing the lead female role of Lucille Frank in Parade, directed by Bryce Ives and Nate Gilkes. Soon after graduating university she was hired as the lead vocalist for PEEL Entertainment in the UK and spent 14 months traveling the globe in her dream job. After returning to Aus, she quickly established herself in Sydney as a talented backing vocalist; she often performs alongside Bobby Fox, Marney McQueen and Catherine Alcorn in both The Divine Miss Bette and Go Your Own Way. She is also amongst the group of talented vocalists that perform Rock Rhapsody (Good Egg Productions), thrilling audiences with the hits of Queen on both land and sea.
Clare loves performing theatre for young people; she has toured with Echelon, Poetry In Action and was lucky enough to play the lead role in the smash hit Room On The Broom (CDP Theatre Producers) in 2017. In early 2019 Clare premiered her debut solo show Plucked!, a show which she wrote, produced and starred in, alongside musical director and guitarist Glenn Moorhouse. Plucked! has been hugely successful, with Clare being awarded a Weekly Emerging Artist Award from Adelaide Fringe Festival as well as Runner Up in The Sydney Cabaret Competition.
In 2019, Clare launched her own production company, Rhinestone Rebel Presents. This allows her to bring the creative dreams of other artists to life as a producer. Clare is extremely excited to be involved with Marian Street Theatre for Young People. Children have imaginations that adults have long lost… That means they are perfect for making theatre!