Clemence is a director, composer and sound designer for theatre and opera.
Since graduating from NIDA, Clemence has directed, composed and designed sound for both independent and main stages in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, St Petersburg and Edinburgh.
Clemence received Sydney Theatre Award nominations for both Best Original Score for A CHEERY SOUL (Sydney Theatre Company), and Best Sound Design of an Independent Production for THE WOLVES (Redline Productions).
As a director, Clemence’s work includes: BREAKING GLASS (COMMUTE, THE INVISIBLE BIRD) for Sydney Chamber Opera; CHORUS for Redline Productions, FINDR, a new musical which premiered at Eternity Theatre; CHAMBER POT OPERA (creator, sold out seasons in Sydney, Adelaide, Edinburgh Fringe; and St Petersburg’s Summer Festival of Arts, Access Point, one of the largest site-specific art events in Europe, and Sydney Opera House); UNFINISHED WORKS (Seymour Centre); THE CHERRY ORCHARD (New Theatre); and TRANSIENCE (KXT). Clemence was assistant director: for Imara Savage on SAINT JOAN (Sydney Theatre Company) and LA PASSION DE SIMONE (Sydney Chamber Opera/ Sydney Festival); and for director Patrick Nolan on NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND (Sydney Chamber Opera). In 2021, Clemence is associate director on FUN HOME with Sydney Theatre Company.
As composer and sound designer, Clemence’s work includes: for Sydney Theatre Company, PLAYING BEATIE BOW, A CHEERY SOUL (composer); THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, BANGING DENMARK, LETHAL INDIFFERENCE (composer and sound designer); for Melbourne Theatre Company, TORCH THE PLACE, HEISENBERG, ARBUS AND WEST; for Bell Shakespeare, ROMEO AND JULIET; for Belvoir, THE WOLVES; for Ensemble Theatre, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE; for Red Line Productions, PAPER DOLL, CHORUS, WIND IN THE UNDERGROUND; for New Theatre, CHAPEL PERILOUS; for Old 505, LITTLE BORDERS; for KXT, A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING; for fortyfivedownstairs, FALLEN; and for Griffin’s Batch Festival, BLUEBERRY PLAY.
Clemence holds a Master of Fine Arts (directing) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium, majoring in classical voice. While she was studying, Clemence directed/wrote/performed/composed for over thirty productions. Highlights include: directing Brecht’s THE THREEPENNY OPERA at PACT; co-directing Martin Crimp’s ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE; and directing Ionesco’s THE CHAIRS for Sydney Fringe Festival. She was Director of Verge, Australia’s largest student-run arts festival.
Clemence regularly develops and stages readings of new work including: Neil Levi’s KIN at Sydney Theatre Company for the Patrick White Award; Tee O’Neil’s GR8 SKIN at Festival Fetale; and Tasnim Hossain’s 44 HOMES at Australian Theatre for Young People. Clemence is currently developing two new operas.