Clare Cavanagh

Who is she?

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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 Sydney Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Fringe Festival, Bondi Feast, Melbourne Fringe or at the Chaser's Giant Dwarf Theatre.

Last year, 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. This year, she will tour her new show, Literally, to Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.

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.


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

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

"Clare is a brilliant performer. Her hilarious characters and warm and exuberant energy make her a delight to watch!" - Bridie Connell (Tonightly, Whose Line is it Anyway? Australia)

"Inventive, clever and truly funny...a high energy and spirited performance" - Sydney Arts Guide