Joanna Clare | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Joanna Clare


2014 - 2016 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MA Movement: Directing and Teaching
2008 - 2009 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Post Graduate Certificate Dance in the Community
2007 - 2008 Universita di Roma “Tor Vergata” CDM ONLUS Centro Didattico Musicale, Formazione ORFF-SCHULWERK, teaching music through voice and movement
2005 Montessori Centre International, Teaching Diploma Montessori method
1981 - 1985 London School of Contemporary Dance, Diploma in Contemporary Dance Performance and Teaching

Movement Experience

(Whilst on the MA Movement)

2016 - Choreography and Movement placement with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, CDT 3rd Year BA. Coram Boy adapted for stage by Helen Edmundson. Directed by Catherine Alexander. Work includes choreographing a Minuet, work on 18th century deportment. 
2016 - Movement Direction and choreography placement with Rose Bruford American Theatre Arts, 3rd year BA. Slaughter City by Naomi Wallace and The Blue Hour City Sketches by David Mamet. Directed by Steven Dykes. Work includes choreographing a 1970s disco scene, Bluegrass clogging, street dance and movement directing. 

2015 Movement Fundamentals with 1st Year BA Acting Students, at Central mentored by Debbie Green: leading movement games to enhance flow in Roth's Five Rhythms and release based work to facilitate ease of movement, sense of weight, space and flow.

2015 Movement sessions with MA Acting for Screen Students, at Central: focusing on release work, Core training, breath and impulse.

2015 Movement Direction placement with Peut-Etre Theatre Company, director Daphna Attias, working on The Tin Soldier and The Little Bird who Stayed for Winter - shows for young audiences: leading warm ups and rehearsals for actor/dancers, work on embodying character through Laban's Efforts, Roth's Five Rhythms and John Wright's States of Tension, contact improvisation and core work in preparation for aerial work.


Choreographer: Dance industry, HE, FE, KS1-5 - devising and choreographing for physical theatre, dance, musical theatre drawing from contemporary dance styles, contact improvisation, jazz, ballet, International and English folk and Morris dance.

Movement Director: embodying character, movement and dance for theatre, physical theatre, opera.

Movement teacher/tutor: HE - movement for actors and student actors, release work, core training, movement games and devising movement for physical theatre, embodying character through Laban efforts and other movement systems.

Dance teacher/tutor: HE, FE, KS 1-5 and Community - Tutor and workshop leader in contemporary dance (Graham, Limon, Cunningham and release work), choreography and dance composition, creative dance, ballet, jazz, International and English Folk and Morris dance, period Dance, salsa and jive, ESL and learning cognitive concepts through movement, drama and music.

Performer -Contemporary dancer (Graham, Cunningham, Limon techniques), release work, contact improvisation, devised physical theatre, folk dance, ballet, musical theatre, mime.

Curriculum Designer and Manager -Manager of dance in education company, dance and theatre schools and Artistic Director of dance company, devising programmes and curriculum, leading auditions and interviews, organising summer schools, tours, managing budgets, funding applications.

Personal development -Yoga and Pilates.

Sports -Swimming, tennis, fitness.

Music -Singing voice soprano, piano and oboe.


Movement Direction/Assistant Direction

2012-13- The Destruction of Kreshev, Sacred and Profane theatre company director David Zoob: assisting Lydia Baksh (actor and movement) working on characterisation, lifts, economy of movement, levels of tension, leading rehearsals and devising.

Selected Dance Choreography includes

Dance companies and professional dancers

2009 Choreographer in Post Graduate Summer Show, Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban.

1996 Death and the Maiden, Schubert, Riete International Dance Festival and tour, Italy.

1992–96 My journey - Solo Dance programme, National and International tour (USA, UK).

1981–92 Guernica, Take 6, The Right of Spring, Associate Choreographer for Arte Danza, contemporary dance company, Catania, Italy.

Dance in Education and Private Dance Schools

2015 Choreography and Movement The Sound of Music, Spotlights theatre school, London.

2010-14 Creative folk dance for U Dance Youth Platform, The Royal festival Hall; creative Morris dance for Camden School's Dance festivals.

1992–15 Numerous dance pieces for dance platforms, school events, dance shows, UK and Italy.

1992-99 Choreographer and movement director adaptations of Shakespeare (ESL), with children, young people and adults, Teatro Talia, Rome.

1990-08 Site specific educational shows for Italian Festivals, children and young people, Rome.

Community dance

1989-2016, Numerous dance pieces for people of all ages and abilities in amateur and community groups, London and Italy.


Tutor for professional and trainee dancers and teachers in HE

2010-13 Company class for Nutshell Dance, London.

1997-05 IALS Contemporary Dance Limon and Release work, Choreography, Composition, Rome.

1989-92 Centro Danza Mimma Testa Contemporary Dance (Graham and Cunningham), Rome.

1989-99 Accademia della Danza Contemporary dance and Choreography, Messina.

1981-92 Arte Danza Contemporary dance tutor for trainee dancers and company, Catania.

1980-81 London Contemporary Dance School Performance Unit Lecture Demonstrations and Graham technique for students in FE, UK.

Teaching for Early Years - KS1-5

2009-13 Contemporary dance module KS4 -5 BTEC and GCSE Dance, London.

2009-16 Creative dance, creative folk and period dance KS1-3, Drama and storytelling KS1-2, UK.

1999-2008 Contemporary dance, jazz and ballet and ESL through movement and music, Early Years, KS1-5 Bilingual Schools, Rome.

Community Centres and Private Dance and Theatre Schools

2014-15 Spotlights Theatre School, singing, drama and dance for children.

2009-15 English Folk Dance and Song Society (Cecil Sharp House), Folk and Morris dance.

2010-16 Mycenae House, contemporary and other styles for adults and older people London.

2008-10 Greenwich Dance Agency, creative dance (maternity cover).

2004-08 CDM Onlus, Contemporary dance, children and adults, Rome.

1992-99 Teatro Talia Contemporary Dance, ballet, jazz for adults and children, Rome.

1976-79 Laban-based creative dance for children, Lilian Harmel Dance Studios (assistant), London.

Selected Performance experience includes


London 2008-13: Medea in Me- DEA, Ran Network Dance co, Resolutions '13 and tour; People in Transit, Nutshell Dance, site specific, Chelsea Intransit festival, Resolutions'12, international tour; Trio inspired by Lorca's Casa Blanca, choreography Luis Del Gallo, Resolutions'11; Dancer in Post Graduate Summer Show, Bonnie Bird Theatre Laban.

Italy, New York and London 1980-2008: Uncle Tom's Cabin and The promised Land Bill T Jones Company New York; A Choreographic Offering Jose Limon NY; The End- solo dance Plath Taucher Company NY; Divertissement Lyrique Concerto Danzatori Scalze Patrizia Cerroni Rome; Every Day Dance Company, Roberta Escamilla Garison Rome; Arte Danza, Catania; Performance Unit, London School of Contemporary Dance, lecture demonstrations.

Dancer and Mime artist

1994-06 Numerous productions at L'Opera Nazionale di Roma.

1989-2 Carmen, Classical productions, London and international tour.

Physical theatre artist and dancer

1991-99 Quella Misura Di Luce, Terrific Insularity of Mind Teatrodanza Skene, Ugo Pitozzi, Bolzano.

1981-83 Elektra, Gioacchino Palumbo, Teatro Molo 2, Catania.

Musical theatre

1981 West Side Story, Jacksons Lane Community Centre production – Maria – singer/dancer.


Joanna is a performance artist specialising in movement and dance. Born in London where she had a broad artistic education, creative dance (Laban and Wigman), music (Finchley Children's Music Group) and drama (school), Joanna studied Art, History and English Literature to A level and ballet outside school. After completing a four-year dance training at London Contemporary Dance School she was offered a job directing a dance company and school in Sicily where she gained experience choreographing, teaching and performing as well as directing (Arte Danza). Here she also started working in physical theatre (Teatro Molo Due) and toured her own solo programme. In 1992 Joanna moved to Rome where she could work with the wider dance and physical theatre community as well as in opera (Rome National Opera) and with companies from New York (Bill T Jones and Plath Taucher Dance).

Alongside performing Joanna has also taught a wide variety of movement styles, ranging from contemporary and creative dance, ballet and jazz to physical theatre and musical theatre as well as mime, opera and devised theatre. She draws on her versatile experience and early musical background when choreographing and directing movement and is interested in adapting and devising creative folk, morris and period dances and in directing movement and dance for large groups as well as devising work with small physical theatre ensembles. Creating works for a wide range of ages and abilities has given Joanna insight into what motivates people to move and how body and character influence movement.

Since returning to the UK in 2008 Joanna's fascination for the English language, theatre and narrative has re-emerged. She has become increasingly interested in working with actors and directing movement for theatre which has brought her back to working with adults and professionals in a specialist field. She is keen to direct movement for performance, to tutor actor students in movement fundamentals and work with professional actors on embodying character.

Joanna lives in London and has three children who are at different stages of their own careers and education.