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Academic Profile

Claire MacNeill has been researching applied theatre with looked-after and misrepresented young people since 1999. Her Doctorate examined the use of Applied Theatre as an empowerment tool with Looked-after children.

She has developed hundreds of projects and performances with: Young Offenders, Children in Care, Romany Gypsies and Inner City Estate communities.

She provides consultancy for Theatre Companies, Children’s Charities and Social Care Departments and advocates for decolonising research and engagement methods with ‘hard to reach’ young people.

She also lectures at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.


  • Ph.D. Applied Theatre as a Tool of Empowerment. The University of Southampton, 2012.
  • B.A. Drama, Television and Theatre Studies. The University of Winchester, 2001.


MacNeill. C. ‘Applied Theatre as a Tool of Empowerment for Looked After Children and Beyond’. Peter Lang. London (Monograph).   Sept 2015

MacNeill. C. ‘Applied Theatre as Research with Looked After Children’. In O’Connor, P and Anderson, M (eds) (2015) Applied Theatre: Research. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, London. Jan 2015


Lecturer (B.A & M.A), Module Leader, on: Performing Research (M.A), Dissertation tutor. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 2015-Current

Drama, Theatre and Film Specialist. Researcher and Consultant. Little Fish Theatre Company. 08/2008 – Current

Consultant. Young Minds. 05/2016- Current. 

Project Director, Aimhigher. The University of Plymouth. 02/2009-09/2011
Project Director/Theatre Practitioner. The Real Ideas Organisation /Creative Partnerships. 09/2009-08/2010
Participation Development Coordinator / Advocate. Voice of The Child in Care. 03/2006-06/2008
Participation Development Officer. The Children’s Fund. 09/2003-12/2004
Lead Lecturer, Module Writer. The University of Winchester. 2000-2003


MacNeill. C. Critical Practice. New York University 2016 Forum on Educational Theatre. New York. April 2016

Commissioned Research 

MacNeill. C. Beyond Adversity. Researching the Life-Experiences and Recommendations of Young People who have Experienced Extreme Adversity.  YoungMinds – Report and a collection of Digital Resources. 2016

MacNeill. C. An independent evaluation and report of a 3 year Big Lottery funded project delivered by Headliners called Reaching Communities. HeadlinersReport. 2015

MacNeill. C. An Investigation into Perspectives of Abuse in teenage relationships. Digital Resource. New Leaf / Greenwich Council. Report and Digital Resources. 2014

MacNeill. C. An Evidence-based Investigation into the use of Multi-Disciplinary Arts Practice with At-Risk Young People. Little Fish Theatre Company. Report and Digital Resources. 2008-2017

MacNeill. C. Investigating the Worldviews and Recommendations for Improvement with Young People Living Across 11 Inner City Estates. A2 Dominion Housing. Report and Digital Resource. 2008

MacNeill. C. Preventative Measures for Looked After Children. Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Children’s Fund. Report and Digital Resource. 2002

MacNeill. C. Applied Theatre as a Tool of Empowerment with Looked After Children. Hampshire County Council, Various Departments. Multiple Outputs. 2001-2003

Theatre (A selection) 

‘Lighting Up the Museum, Perceptions’, The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon; Large-scale installation with marginalized communities. Director.                  2011
‘Visions and Voices’: The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon; Animations and exhibitions of intergenerational stories. Devon. Director.                 2010
‘Virtual Schools’: The Phoenix Centre, Exeter; Showcase of Looked after children’s digital stories/narratives for an audience of Education Professionals. Director.                 2009
‘Stars in Our Yard’: Trail Finders, Ealing; Large-scale showcase of digital stories and performance produced with and by young people across 11 inner city estate. Director.                 2008
‘Stories from the front-line’: Voice Head Office, London; Theatre piece exploring the stories of refugee children who enter into Britain alone. Director.                 2006
‘Messages from Milesdown Children’s Home’: The John Stripe Theatre, Winchester; Theatre piece for Senior Managerial teams of Hampshire Social Services produced by Looked After Children. Director.                 2001
‘Our Truths’: The John Stripe Theatre, Winchester; Theatre production of stories from Bury Brickfields Romany Gypsy Community. Director/Producer.                  1999

Digital Resources (a selection)

‘Beyond Adversity’: Animations exploring the lived-experiences and recommendations from young people who have experienced extreme Adversity. YoungMinds.                       2016
‘Treasure Project’: A documentary that captured the impact of an outreach project with excluded young people by the Learning and Development Tea. V&A Museum.                       2014
‘Domestic Abuse in Teenage Relationships’: An educational resource for schools/colleges documenting the lived-experiences of young people and professionals. Greenwich Council.                       2013
“We are Ready For Change”: A digital media resource for stakeholders and young people about Little Fish Theatre’s work with at-risk young people, demonstrating arts for development. Little Fish Theatre.            2012-2018
‘13 Short Stories’: A digital resource about going into H.E from a care background for Social Service Professionals, teachers, peers and carers. Aimhigher Peninsula Programme.        2009 & 2010
‘Round Our Way’: A digital resource for Housing, Social Welfare and Multi-agency professionals about growing up on inner estates. Catalyst Communities.                      2008
Academic Profile

Mash Up! Productions, Theatre and Events

Mash Up! Productions expands on the brings all the expertise gained from projects within community contexts to: festivals, events and immersive experiences…

Ninth Life

The Aeronaut


Secret Garden Party

Mash Up! Productions, Theatre and Events


Participant Groups

Children in Care
Refugee Adult groups
Unaccompanied minors
Romany Gypsy communities
Social Care Professionals
Head teachers
Young people from inner city estates
Incarcerated young people
Adults with learning difficulties
H.E and F.E student groups


The V&A Musuem
Hampshire County Council
The Children’s Fund
The Scottish Arts Council
A2 Dominion Housing
North Devon Theatre Trust
The University of Winchester
Voice Advocacy Services
Catalyst Housing
The Movie Bus
The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Little Fish Theatre Company

Virtual Schools
The Lab Collective
Laine Pub Company
Emergency exit arts
Camden peoples theatre
Boomtown Fair
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
The UnIversity of Plymouth
Rambunctious Social Club
Big Lottery Fund
Love Carnival
The Secret Garden Party
The Children’s Fund
Young Minds

"Everyone in social care should see something like this!"
Paul Nixon, Commissioning Officer, Children and Families.
"Claire is an expert in her field, highly knowledgeable, yet totally down to earth and approachable. I can think of no one better to work with young people who have been marginalised by society."
Francesca Titus, Barrister.
Claire's intelligence shone through her work. She developed innovative ways of involving even the most hard to reach groups. Her projects were exciting, inspiring, original and insightful. I would highly recommend every aspect of her work. She brings skill, originality and value for money to everything she is involved with.
Fycsene Shields,Manager at Catalyst Housing Ltd
"Brilliant day! I've lived here all my life and it's good to see everyone pulling together.
Community member, Friary Park
"Claire is an unconventional creative thinker with an excellent theatrical instinct; Consequently her work avoids the cliched and obvious. She is also an artistic all-rounder with a wide range of skills...the first time we worked together.. she was a catalyst for the company taking a much more multi-media approach to the show than had been envisaged."
Stuart Watson, CEO of Against the Grain Theatre Co, Artistic director Putney Arts Theatre, London.
'Claire's workshops are great for breaking down barriers and building up confidence. I would recommend them unreservedly.'
Will Cudmore, Oxford University
MacNeill is an authoritative voice on the fail- ings of institutionalized care in the United Kingdom, and the recommenda- tions she makes on the potential of applied creative methods as a means to address the needs of young people deserve serious consideration.
Maggie Inchley, Queen Mary University of London
Claire Macneill
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