Claire MacDonald, Theatre practitioner and Unitarian Minister

Revd Dr Claire MacDonald is an artist, arts educator and Unitarian minister. A Professorial Fellow at Central School of Speech and Drama, and Thinker in Residence at the Live Art Development Agency, her interests lie in creating conversational space across communities.

Active as a performance writer and critic, she writes on collaboration, community and the history of performance and theatre. As a founder of the journal Performance Research, in 2007 she edited Congregation, a special issue on religion and performance. Two plays from her recent collection Utopia are currently in production in Europe, in Italy and the Czech Republic. She has a long term interest in gathering voices and in oral history and for the Live Art Development Agency’s  new building at Mansford Street, East London, a former Unitarian mission, she is working on Host, a radically local listening project. In the same building, she volunteers with Simple Gifts, a Unitarian food and story sharing project.

She holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia in critical and creative writing, trained as a minister at Harris Manchester College Oxford, and is completing an MA in Abrahamic Faiths with a thesis on fashion and performance across faiths called ‘What to Wear and why it Matters: Clergywomen and Dress’. She is the minister with Lewisham Unitarians in south London.



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