About Claire

WOYZECH APR 14 #5 Claire copy-2 copyClaire Pasvolsky is an award winning Actor, Writer, Director, Dramaturge and Producer who has successfully studied, worked and travelled throughout Australia and abroad. After returning to Newcastle, Claire founded Pasvolsky Actors Studio, providing a safe, nurturing and empowering environment for actors to flourish in their craft. Whether you are an absolute beginner or experienced performer, there is so much to experience, learn and enjoy when working with Claire.

Below are Claire’s milestones, awards and educational achievements at a glance. For a more detailed record, view Claire’s biography that comprehensively documents her prestigious career.


A quick overview of highly notable events in Claire’s career:
  • 2018 – Writes and directs a new adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, performed at The Dungeon.
  • 2016 – Writes and directs a new adaptation of E. L. Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, performed at the Civic Theatre.
  • 2014 – Forms Pasvolsky Actors Studio incorporating her newly developed empowerment method for actor training and performance
  • 2008 – Combines motherhood with working as a Writer, Director and Coach for emerging actors, writers and creatives
  • 2007 – Awarded Artist in Residence at Newcastle’s Cultural Centre, The Lock Up, to develop her original play/screenplay Swamp Donkeys
  • 2006 – Forms fringe theatre company The Judas Tree with Andrew Benson, and produces six successful shows with actors such as Caroline Craig
  • 2006 – Writes and directs the MTV Award winning short film Shittland
  • 2006 – Oversees film department at Sydney production company Filmgraphics Entertainment
  • 2005 – Writes and directs Actors Anonymous for The Keyhole Projectstarring Brendan O’Connell, Frances Crane and Johnny Carr
  • 2005 – Directs Unrequited and receives a CONDA nomination for Best Director
  • 2005 – Produces Australian premier of Matt and Ben with Yvonne Strahovski in the role of Matt
  • 2004 – Graduates from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in 2004 with a Masters of Drama in Acting. Graduates of RCS include James McAvoyAlan CummingPeter CapaldiDavid Tennant and Robert Carlyle.
  • 2004 – Co-writes and performs in TV Pilot The Judas Tree
  • 2001 – Receives RCS’s coveted International Scholarship for a student with outstanding potential
  • 2000 – Leading role in Suddenly Last Summer and CONDA Award for Best Actress
  • 1999 – Leading role in The Glass Menagerie and CONDA Nomination for Best Actress

Awards & Prizes

Respected institutions have dished out high praise, awarding Claire the following accolades:
  • 2007Artist in Residence at Newcastle’s Cultural Centre The Lock Up
  • 2007 – MTV One-80 Finalist for the short film Shittland
  • 2006CONDA Nominee for Best Director of Unrequited
  • 2002RCS International Scholarship Prize Winner for a student with outstanding potential
  • 2000CONDA Winner for Best Actress in Suddenly Last Summer
  • 1999CONDA Nominee for Best Supporting Actress in The Glass Menagerie


For those who like to see the paper bits, Claire’s academic accomplishments include:
  • 2010 – Navitas Sydney – Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
  • 2009 – University of New South Wales (UNSW) – Graduate Diploma in Education- Drama and English
  • 2005 – University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – Graduate Diploma in Screenwriting
  • 2004 – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) – Masters of Drama in Actin
  • 2001 – University of Newcastle (UoN) – BA, Double Major in Drama and English
To keep reading, continue on to Claire’s detailed biography.