Claire Christian is a writer, blogger, podcaster, and theatre maker from Queensland. Her debut young adult novel, Beautiful Mess, won the 2016 Text Publishing Text Prize and will be published in 2017. She recently made her professional stage directing debut with Single Asian Female at La Boite, which received a 5-star review from The Guardian and was written by Michelle Law. Single Asian Female will have a season at Belvoir St Theatre in early 2018. She is currently working on her second novel, Bloom.
As a playwright, Claire has been recognised both nationally and internationally. In 2009, she was shortlisted for the Griffin Theatre Award, and was selected to study at the Royal Court Theatre in their Young Writers Program. In 2014, Claire co-produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed Hedonism’s Second Album, which premiered at La Boite Indie and was published by Playlab. She is a frequent collaborator of David Burton, with whom she created the podcast and online content platform Ask Pew!Pew! and co-wrote the play The Landmine is Me.
Claire was the Youth Program Coordinator at Queensland Theatre Company from 2013-2014 and is currently employed as their Logan Youth Ensemble (TRACTION) Lead Artist. Claire is also employed as the Youth and Participation Producer at La Boite Theatre Company. Claire is a passionate development facilitator of youth arts and community culture, and has written, directed, and produced projects and productions with organisations across Australia. Claire is committed to her practice of connecting young artists and their stories with diverse audiences. She also has over six years’ experience as a secondary teacher in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She has a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing (QUT), a Graduate Diploma in Experiential Arts Therapy (MIECAT) and a Bachelor of Education majoring in Drama (Griffith University). In 2013, Claire completed an Australia Council of the Arts JUMP Mentorship with Windmill Theatre’s Artistic Director Rosemary Myers, and was selected as one of the YWCA Queensland’s 125 Leading Women.