Prue Clark trained as a director at the Victorian College of the Arts (2012). She has received recognition for her work as a recipient of an Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, an ArtStart grant and a participant in Melbourne’s Directors Lab and MTC’s Women in Theatre Program. She has twice been nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Direction (Dropped & Reasons to Stay Inside) and won Best Director and Best Theatre at Auckland Fringe in 2017 (We May Have to Choose).
Prue’s focus is on new writing. She has collaborated with playwrights Emilie Collyer and Katy Warner and with writer/performer Emma Hall on two shows as a director and one as a dramaturg. As part of Emma’s World Problems (fortyfivedownstairs, 2019), Prue co-curated a series of post-show workshops to facilitate practical conversations related to the performance. This allowed her to marry her other great love – permaculture!
In late 2018, Prue devised her first work with writer Morgan Rose Aldrich, designer Nathan Burmesiter and students from Monash University, All That is Right. The work was in response to acclaimed Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed’s All That Is Wrong and sought to celebrate compassion, hope and the stuff that makes the world all right. This is intended to be the first part of a series of work on hope and activism.
Recent directing credits include: The Violent Outburst That Drew Me To You (Melbourne Theatre Company, 2019), Contest (Emilie Collyer/Bureau of Works, 2018), All That is Right (Monash University CTP, 2018), Cybec Electric readings (MTC, 2018), Ode to Man (Emma Hall, 2017), Reasons to Stay Inside (Katy Warner, 2015-16), We May Have to Choose (Emma Hall, 2015-17), Dropped (Katy Warner, 2013-14), and Group Show (MKA, 2013).
Prue has also directed two plays with year 7-9 students at St Michael's Grammar School - Matthew Ryan's Plays From the Top of the Stairs (2016), and Debra Oswald's Stories in the Dark (2015).
As an Assistant Director, Prue has worked with Lee Lewis on Hay Fever (MTC, 2018), Susie Dee on Savages (fortyfivedownstairs, 2013), and Richard Murphet on Eddie Goes to Poetry (VCA, 2013).