Claire MacDonald has had a thirty-year long career in the arts, beginning as a performance maker and subsequently moving into writing, teaching, cultural leadership and art making. She holds a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing; has been a Judith Wilson Fellow at Cambridge University; Head of Theatre at Dartington College of Arts; Director of InterArts at George Mason University in Virginia USA, and Director of the International Centre for Fine Art Research at University of Arts London. She is currently Professor II at the Norwegian Theatre Academy in Frederikstad, Norway, working with the Leadership Team to develop postgraduate research in performance. She publishes widely across the spectrum of her interests in art, writing and performance, and on practice based research in the arts. She is a founding editor of the journal Performance Research, a Contributing Editor to Performing Arts Journal, and a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.