Claire Eliza is an award-winning theatre maker, performer and musician based in Glasgow. She loves collaboration and play - often making work that is inquisitive, visually stimulating and darkly humourous.
Claire Eliza trained at NYT and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, and has a joint degree in Music and Theatre Studies from Glasgow University. She has an Associate Diploma in Musical Theatre, and also plays the saxophone, violin, and the accordion. She is a saxophonist with the Scottish based orchestra The Nevis Ensemble.
Since graduating, Claire has worked with Stellar Quines, Catherine Wheels and A Moment's Peace amongst others. She has been involved in Magnetic North's Rough Mix project twice - as a performer and as emerging artist - as well as assisting their opera with David Shrigley, Pass the Spoon, and performing in Lost In Music - a collaboration with Kim Moore (Imaginate Festival 2017 and Scottish Tour 2019). She has been touring internationally in the role of ‘Palliative Claire’ in Liz Carr’s Assisted Suicide the Musical (ASTM) since it first premiered at the Southbank Centre in 2016. Claire directed the award-winning Greater Belfast by Little King, which enjoyed sold out runs at The Traverse during the Edinburgh Festival, and at Celtic Connections 2018.
Claire is a founding member of artist collective Snap Elastic with Eszter Marsalko and Alice Mary Cooper. Snap Elastic are driven to make bold, urgent and playful theatre, and toured Scotland with their first production, Puffin, in Autumn 2018. They are currently developing EAT ME - an experimental piece of visual theatre about cannibalism, the dark web, and autonomy. EAT ME is being made with support from Nordland Visual Theatre and manipulate festival, and will premiere in 2020.
Notable awards include a Michael Grandage Futures Fund, IdeasTap Innovators Award, and Dewar Arts Award. She was recently selected for the National Theatre of Scotland’s highly competitive Starter Programme, and is currently developing her new cabaret, My Heart Is A Hospital, with their support.