I am a maker of performance who has most recently found myself in a research capacity, between sociolinguistics and performance, based on a yearning to understand the psycho-social potential of performers when they devise and perform in their first languages. This spurred an interest in language ideologies as the basis for the analytical design for applied performance praxis that aims for new multilingual approaches. My research is methodologically driven, as I am maker first and foremost, driven by the complex issues that are presented to us when creating new work that is representative of all the diversity that globalised, decolonised and post-conflict settings bring with them.
I am based in London but research across South Africa and my native Australia to engage with a range of complex socio-political linguistic ecologies as examples within my study. The below are bios for the more formal usage by institutions, programmes etc., and there will soon be a CV if you have a burning desire to understand the peculiar scaffolding of my career!
The University of Warwick, PhD (currently completing)
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MA Applied Theatre, Distinction
The University of Notre Dame/ Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, BA Theatre Studies, 2:1
Preparing to Teach in Higher Education, Certificate of completion, University of Warwick, Coventry, 2017
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Certificate of completion, United Kingdom Home Office, 2014
Claire French is a performance maker and researcher, specialising in multilingual, applied and autobiographical performance. Claire is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Warwick and an experienced theatre and performance maker, working for over a decade as programmer, facilitator and most recently dramaturg in the UK, Germany and Australia. Twitter: @cfrenchtweeting
Claire French is a performance maker and researcher, specialising in multilingual, applied and autobiographical performance. Claire is currently a doctoral researcher and Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Warwick focusing on language use in multilingual performance devising processes. An experienced theatre and performance maker, Claire has worked for over a decade as programmer, facilitator and dramaturg in the UK, Germany and Australia. Recent performance collaborations include her role as Programme Director with Sonja Linden of Visible Theatre Ensemble, where she leads on representations of living longer through autobiographical, process-driven and practice as research projects. Twitter: @cfrenchtweeting