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 ST 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).
As composer and sound designer, Clemence’s work includes: TORCH THE PLACE, ARBUS AND WEST, (Melbourne Theatre Company); BANGING DENMARK, A CHEERY SOUL, LETHAL INDIFFERENCE (Sydney Theatre Company); ROMEO AND JULIET (Bell Shakespeare); THE WOLVES (Belvoir); A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (Ensemble Theatre); CHORUS, A VIEW FROM A BRIDGE, WIND IN THE UNDERGROUND, PAPER DOLL (Redline Productions); CHAPEL PERILOUS (New Theatre); LITTLE BORDERS (Old 505); A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING (KXT); FALLEN (fortyfivedownstairs); and BLUEBERRY PLAY (Griffin’s Batch Festival). In 2020, she was engaged as composer and sound designer for ESCAPED ALONE and is set to design music and sound for SUMMERFOLK, both at Belvoir.
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.