Clare Cavanagh

Who is she?

Photo by Samara Clifford

Photo by Samara Clifford

Clare is an improviser, actor, writer and comedy-maker from Sydney.

She has performed in the most exciting and glamorous of locations, from New York City to Newcastle (NSW). Closer to home, you might have seen Clare at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Fringe Festival, Bondi Feast, Melbourne Fringe or at the Chaser's Giant Dwarf Theatre.

This year, Clare made her Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut with her second solo show, Literally. In 2018, Clare performed her debut solo show, Thrilled You’re Here! in Adelaide and Sydney. For this show, she was selected to be part of Sydney Comedy Festival’s FRESH program, which highlights the most exciting up and coming talent. In 2017, Clare was runner up in the Cranston Cup.

A regular in Sydney’s flourishing improv scene, Clare is a faculty and ensemble member of Improv Theatre Sydney. She is also a founding member of Confetti Gun, who have twice been invited to perform at the Del Close Marathon in New York City, an international improv festival hosted by Amy Poehler's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Clare has experience acting, writing, directing and producing for the stage and screen, including for ABC Comedy's Tonightly with Tom Ballard. She teaches improv and Theatresports at a number of schools, and ran the Theatresports program at Sydney University. Clare is a graduate of Improv Theatre Sydney and has also trained at NYC’s Upright Citizens Brigade and Chicago’s Second City.

She's pretty chuffed that Clare and hair rhyme, because people use both these words when describing her.


“Cavanagh performs with an infectious energy which leaves the room buzzing. Bookmark Cavanagh because she is one to watch.” ★★★★ - Funny Tonne

“Cavanagh really shone. The portrayal of her characters had nuance and depth.” - Squirrel Comedy

“Cavanagh kept the audience captivated with her vibrant energy…her creations were crafted to perfection” - Pop Culture-y

“Cavanagh’s versatility as a performer knows no boundaries” - Weekend Notes

"Funny, enthusiastic, and a crackin' good laugh. Definitely one to keep an eye out for in the future." ★★★★ - This is Radelaide