Claire Christian is a writer, blogger, podcaster, and theatre maker from Queensland, Australia. Her debut young adult novel, Beautiful Mess, won the Text Publishing Prize in 2016. Beautiful Mess was published a year later in Australia through Text Publishing, and was released in August 2018 in the US.
Claire made her professional stage directing debut with Single Asian Female at La Boite Theatre, which received a 5-star review from The Guardian. Single Asian Female had a successful run at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre in early 2018, and will be back at La Boite and the Melbourne Arts Centre in early 2019.
As a playwright, Claire has been recognised both nationally and internationally. Earlier this year, her commissioned work Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, inspired by Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, debuted at LaBoite Theatre. Claire likes to think of Lysa as ‘…an affirmation to women, and anyone who identifies as other, and a love letter to young men.’ The play received rave reviews for its thoughtful, powerful and honest portrayal of characters speaking to the current climate of ‘Time’s Up’. 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.
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 through her work as Youth and Participation Producer at La Boite Theatre.