Clare Ellen O’Connor has proven herself a force to be reckoned with on the Australian Performing Arts scene.

Clare has always loved to perform, her first memory of this being when she was 4 and would perform Hanson concerts for her family in their lounge room (lucky them!).

After singing and dancing her way through her childhood, Clare decided she would audition for a performing arts course at her local university. Being a complete newbie to the industry, Clare didn’t realise that The Arts Academy in Ballarat was one of the best courses in the country and was lucky enough to spend three years there studying Music Theatre. Clare’s credits from her time at university include A Little Touch of Chaos, 42nd Street and Parade, in which she played the lead female role of Lucille Frank, directed by Bryce Ives and Nate Gilkes.

Soon after graduating, Clare was hired as a lead vocalist for the UK Based Company PEEL Entertainment. This saw her travelling the globe as a singer for 14 months before returning home and relocating to Sydney. Clare quickly made a name for herself in Sydney as a talented singer and often performs alongside Australia’s best performers including Bobby Fox, Marney McQueen and Catherine Alcorn in both The Divine Miss Bette and Go Your Own Way. She is also amongst the group of talented vocalists that perform Rock Rhapsody (Good Egg Productions), thrilling audiences with the hits of Queen on both land and sea.

Clare loves performing theatre for young people; she has toured with Echelon, Poetry In Action and was lucky enough to play the lead role in the smash hit Room On The Broom (CDP Theatre Producers) in 2017.

In early 2019 Clare premiered her debut solo show Plucked!, a show which she wrote, produced and starred in, alongside musical director and guitarist Glenn Moorhouse.

Plucked! has been hugely successful in its first year, with Clare being awarded a Weekly Emerging Artist Award from Adelaide Fringe Festival as well as Runner Up in The Sydney Cabaret Competition.

In 2019, Clare launched her own production company, Rhinestone Rebel Presents. This will allow her to continue to produce her own shows but also to bring the creative dreams of other artists to life.