Claire Shannon Kelly

Claire is the Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Sound, and directs their summer Shakespeare productions.

From 2011-2015 Claire worked at Shakespeare on the Sound as Artistic Associate and Director of Education. For Shakespeare on the Sound’s mainstage she has directed A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which won the BroadwayWorld CT award for Best Ensemble Cast in a play, and As You Like It.  Educationally, Claire just finished directing a 5 person A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 


She co-created and directed Shakespeare on the Sound’s K-5 touring production Let’s Play Shakespeare!, directed their anti- bullying program Speaking Daggers, and devised and directed a children’s version of All’s Well That Ends Well. 

Currently she is in development of two new plays: The Family and Wordsmith.


She has worked at the Guthrie Theater, the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, the Ordway Music Theater, and the George Street Playhouse among others. Additionally, Claire is a Teaching Artist and has taught theater to students from pre- school through high school. She will be traveling to Africa in August 2017 where she will teach and direct Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Livingstone, Zambia.


Claire has holds a Masters of Arts degree from New York University in Educational Theater.

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