Clare brings over 25 years freelance directing experience to her work across a wide range of genres: new writing, classics, new musical theatre , contemporary comedy, open air Shakespeare and more. Clare was Associate Director for Alan Ayckbourn including 5 UK tours (2008-2015), associate artist for Cumbernauld Theatre, Scotland (2013-14) and a director for Pitlochry Festival Theatre for two seasons (2015 & 2016). From 2016-2018 Clare enjoyed critical acclaim as Director Stafford Festival Shakespeare at the pop up 1000 seat auditorium with a and generous 22m x 18m thrust stage Stafford Castle, a Medieval English Heritage site in the heart of England. Here she received critical acclaim for Othello (2016), The Tempest (2017) and Macbeth (2018).
Since 2020, Clare has written two poignant comedies seeking full production: Finding Mary about a 70 year old finding love after loss and Men Don't Talk with her local Mens' Shed. Men Don't Talk will have a professional reading in January 2022. In 2021, Clare directed the first professional workshop of new musical Now Voyager by Suzanne Loftus and Ian Hammond Brown (Whisky Galore) for Edinburgh based Cutting Edge Theatre featuring Savannah Stevenson (Wicked, Mary Poppins, Little Women) and Sandy Bachelor (TVs' Shetland).
'In Clare Prenton’s beautifully-shaped production, Eva Traynor and Sarah Miele are heartbreakingly believable as Karen and Susie. It’s Billy Mack’s stellar performance as Laing that makes this play shine, though'
**** - 4 STARS, Joyce Macmillan, The Scotsman (2019)