Claire Howes

Claire Howes

Peer Productions

Actor in Leatherhead, United Kingdom

About Claire

Since surviving an immune deficient childhood and battling through a bone marrow transplant, aged nine, I constantly strive to live each day to the full.

When I was twelve I saw an advertisement for a local Am Dram production of 'Annie' and soon found my timid self nervously auditioning, along with two hundred other girls, for the musical with Leatherhead Operatic Society. I didn't think I stood a chance but when I found myself accepted as one of the twenty girls to be in the show, my acting career began.

Ever since 'Annie', theatre has become my second home: on-stage, back-stage and front-of-house. I have performed in over forty musical productions, dance shows and plays, in local theatres and schools, as well as taking the lead role in a student movie and as two key characters in reconstructive footage for historical crime documentaries on television.

At only five foot in height, I see things from a rare perspective; always looking up and out at the world, open and eager to explore, learn and develop.

In 2009 I travelled around New Zealand and Australia on my own for five months. Although terrified to begin with, I soon came out of my shell, enthusiastically taking part in thrilling activities such as white water rafting, hang-gliding, swimming with dolphins, bungee jumping and sky diving. I learned how to fend for myself and find my way around; I thoroughly enjoyed my time Down Under but it was also a great learning curve for me and I'm proud to have had the courage and ability to go out and do these things at such a young age.

After studying Psychology at the University of Surrey, I joined Peer Productions in September 2013. Peer Productions are a charity based company that hire apprentice actors to tour schools in the South East performing educational shows on social issues; such as teenage pregnancy, body image, domestic abuse, addiction, and many others. We take these topics and, in a fun, safe environment, present them to young people in a way they can understand and be comfortable talking about; making them aware that these things can happen to them or the people around them and it's alright to ask for help.

As well as this, we run drama and film workshops with disadvantaged youth; for example in Easter 2014 we invited a group of young carers to a film workshop, where we taught them how to use the cameras, the names of specific shots, how to act and speak in front of the camera, and how to make wounds with make-up. Then they worked together in a team to create a film that they could take away with them.

We also run a Youth Theatre, engaging the apprentices in all aspects of production especially during their main show of the year. During 'The Addams Family Musical', at the Rhoda McGraw Theatre in Woking, my main focus was sound and microphones. This built on my experience of working as a stage manager, assistant stage manager and deputy stage manager over the years, since my work experience in sole control of lighting at the Electric Theatre, Guilford, at the tender age of sixteen.

More recently I successfully auditioned for Drama Studio London and have been offered a place on their two-year 'Diploma in Professional Acting' course, based in Ealing. I begin in October and am thoroughly looking forward to learning more and developing my skills as an actor, as well as discovering the benefits and drawbacks of living away from home.

In the future I hope to continue my passion for acting in theatre and perhaps try my hand at more film or TV work. I aspire, someday, to work with the wonderfully talented Alex Kingston. And it would be an absolute dream come true to get a part on the legendary TV series 'Doctor Who'.


Name: Claire Howes

Lives in: Leatherhead, United Kingdom

Company: Peer Productions

Occupation: Actor

Unique traits: Five foot tall, curly hair, playing age 16-26 (have effectively played as young as 6 years, at real age of 24), play steel pans,

Projects

  • The Addictions Project

    The Addictions Project (2014)
    Theater by Peer Productions/Nina Lemon Righty

  • The Body Image Project

    The Body Image Project (2014)
    Theater by Peer Productions/Jason Orbaum Suzie

  • Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook - Josef Fritzl case

    Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook - Josef Fritzl case (2013)
    Documentary by Talent South Elizabeth Fritzl

  • The Teenage Pregnancy Project

    The Teenage Pregnancy Project (2013)
    Theater by Peer Productions/Jason Orbaum Various Roles

  • Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook - Jack the Ripper case

    Fred Dinenage Murder Casebook - Jack the Ripper case (2013)
    Documentary by Talent South Mary Jane Kelly

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast (2013)
    Theater by Leatherhead Operatic Society/John Harris-Rees Spoon

  • Thespis (Gilbert & Sullivan) - UK Am Dram Premiere

    Thespis (Gilbert & Sullivan) - UK Am Dram Premiere (2012)
    Theater by Leatherhead Operatic Society/John Harris-Rees Ensemble

  • Rent

    Rent (2011)
    Theater by Surrey University Stage Manager

  • Bad Girls

    Bad Girls (2010)
    Theater by Leatherhead Operatic Society/John Harris-Rees Leanna

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty (2010)
    Theater by YouTheatre Back-Up Singer

  • The Witches of Eastwick

    The Witches of Eastwick (2009)
    Theater by Epsom Light Operatic Society Fidel

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz (2009)
    Theater by Epsom Players Nikko (the evil flying monkey)

  • Sweeney Todd

    Sweeney Todd (2009)
    Theater by Leatherhead Operatic Society Ensemble

  • We Will Rock You

    We Will Rock You (2008)
    Theater by Epsom Players Lead Dancer

  • The King and I

    The King and I (2008)
    Theater by Leatherhead Operatic Society Mischief Maker Topsy

  • Thoroughly Modern Millie

    Thoroughly Modern Millie (2007)
    Theater by Leatherhead Operatic Society Lead Dancer

  • Copacabana

    Copacabana (2007)
    Theater by Dorking Academy of Performing Arts Lead Dancer

  • Gypsy

    Gypsy (2006)
    Theater by Mid Surrey Theatre Company Various Roles

  • HMS Pinafore

    HMS Pinafore (2006)
    Theater by Leatherhead Operatic Society Naughty Niece

  • Grimm Tales

    Grimm Tales (2006)
    Theater by Storm the Stage Ashputtel

  • Pendragon

    Pendragon (2006)
    Theater by Dorking Academy of Performing Arts Young Guinevere

  • The Selfish Giant

    The Selfish Giant (2005)
    Theater by Enter Stage Right Flakes

  • Oliver

    Oliver (2005)
    Theater by Leatherhead Operatic Society Ensemble

  • The Wiz

    The Wiz (2005)
    Theater by Dorking Academy of Performing Arts Yellow Brick Road/Lead Dancer

  • Bugsy Malone

    Bugsy Malone (2004)
    Theater by Dorking Academy of Performing Arts Lead Dancer

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Jesus Christ Superstar (2004)
    Theater by Epsom Players/Steve Bittlestone Angel of Innocence

  • Annie

    Annie (2003)
    Theater by Leatherhead Operatic society Orphan girl

Education

  • Drama Studio London
    (2014-2016)

  • Peer Productions
    (2013-2014)

  • University of Surrey
    (2010-2012)

  • Woking College
    (2007-2009)

  • Dorking Academy of Performing Arts
    (2005-2009)

  • Storm the Stage
    (2006-2007)

  • Therfield School
    (2001-2007)

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