Claire McKenzie studied Composition and Musical Direction at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she graduated with First Class Honours and a Masters Degree with Distinction. While studying she received the Patrons Prize for Composition from the Royal Schools of Music as well as the Paul Kelly Prize for Drama.
Her work as composer and sound designer for theatre includes Hecuba (Dundee Rep), Roman Bridge (National Theatre of Scotland), Fox Attack (Oran Mor/ NTS) Hansel & Gretel, After The End, Beauty and the Beast, Divided City, Othello, Cinderella (Citizens Theatre), Fit for a King (Arches), Fever Dream: The Southside, Medea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and A Winter’s Tale (RCS).
Along with actor/writer Scott Gilmour, Claire recently founded Noisemaker, a new music-theatre company that has this year produced Freak Show, playing at The Arches, The Actor’s Church Covent Garden, The Roundhouse, and Edinburgh Fringe where it won the Scottish Daily Mail Award; and their newest piece, Forest Boy, which played at the Edinburgh Fringe and Arcola Theatre, London and has recently won the S & S Award for best new musical in-development.
As a musical director she has worked on productions such as The Mill Lavvies (Dundee Rep), The Threepenny Opera, Spring Awakening, Watertight, Closest to the Moon (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Endangered (YMT:UK) and The Wiz (New York French Woods Festival). Claire has recently worked on the Scottish Olympic Homecoming Event, BBC Scotland Children In Need appeal 2012/ 2013, and received a BAFTA New Talent Nomination for her Original Music for the short film, My First Spellbook.