Claire Schrader founded Making Moves in 1997 in London and has developed one of the fastest ways for shy, reserved and introverted people to break out of their shell and develop a natural self-confidence through the Sunflower Effect – combining an adapted form of dramatherapy with the most effective personal development tools for building confidence.
Claire holds a B.A., M.A. and a distinction from the Institute of Dramatherapy at Roehampton (U.K.). She won awards for her first play Corryvreckan, and over the years she has been featured in Marie-Claire (Malaysia), Kindred Spirit, Positive Health, and Counselling News, on Sky TV, BBC World Services and Radio 4.
She is author of From Wallflower to Sunflower, the quiet person’s path to natural self-confidence (2017) and editor of Ritual Theatre: the power of dramatic ritual in personal development groups and clinical practice published by Jessica Kingsley (2011). She has contributed to Emotions: experiences in existential psychotherapy and life by Freddie Strasser (Duckworth).
She has pioneered numerous performance projects over the years, including an innovative therapeutic theatre project funded by the Arts for Everyone Lottery Scheme working with disadvantaged young people and for six years was coordinator of the Performance Programme at The Studio Upstairs (London).
Her wide ranging career also includes periods working as a business development manager for an American barter company, an international performance artist and a trainer of actors.
Born in London
Trained as a nurse at King College Hospital 1973-77
BA Hon. in English Literature (Sheffield University) 1977- 80
MA in Drama (Leeds University) 1981
Trained at the Actors Institute in Viola Spolin methods (Andy Harmon) Keith Johnstone Improv (John Muirhead)
Postgraduate Diploma in Drama Therapy (Roehampton Institute) 1995 (Distinction)
- Worked in theatre, alternative cabaret, theatre-in-education, small scale touring and experimental theatre. Companies include Thorndike Theatre (Leatherhead), Gemini Productions, Newcastle Theatre Workshop. 1982-86
- Created and performed solo cabaret act “La Dame de Flamme, the fire-eating ballerina” at numerous venues and events including Oxford balls, Royal fundraising event attended by H.M. Queen Elizabeth. Featured in the press, women’s magazines (She, Woman’s World and Women’s Realm) and Radio 4 Woman’s Hour (1983-1987)
- Awarded Royalty Supplement Grant by Arts Council for first play Corryvreckan, produced at the Old Red Lion Theatre. Shortlisted for Best Play, nominated for Best Director and Best Sound Design, won Best Actress Award (Julia Tarnoky) at the 1991 Charrington Fringe Theatre Awards.
- Commissioned work One Two Three The Firebird (Single Step Theatre Co 1993.) Midnight Madness at the Rhumba Bar (Odyssey Opera Productions 1994).
- Guest writer at RADA.(June 1995) Trainer of acting students at London Academy of the Performing Arts. (Autumn Term 1994-2001) and at Guildford School of Acting. (Autumn – Summer Term 1994/5).
- Director of two devised projects with postgraduate and second-year students. Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Music (Opera Dept), and the City Literary Institute, London.
- Graduate Diploma in Dramatherapy – Distinction (Roehampton Institute 1995)
- Studio Upstairs – Diorama Arts (August 1996 to May 2002) Co-ordinator of the performance programme for members of the Studio Upstairs, an art and drama studio with a therapeutic concern. Facilitated numerous devised performances in Diorama Theatre around themes from King Lear, Alice in Wonderland, Pantomime Fairy Stories, Poetry, Nativity myth.
- Founded Making Moves in 1997. A group was filmed for Live TV’s Mind and Body. Articles for numerous magazines in health and holistic field. Workshops and courses also in Crete, France, San Francisco and Santa Cruz, USA and for Alternatives at St James.
- Life Story (September 1997-98). Created and ran an innovative therapeutic theatre project funded by the Arts for Everyone Lottery Scheme working with disadvantaged young people. Based at Hammersmith Unemployed Workers Centre.
- Taught at Regents College Schools of Psychotherapy and Counselling on Short Courses from 1999-2003 and contributed to Freddie Strasser’s book Emotions: Experiences in Existential Psychotherapy and Life.
- Play A Gathering of Birds produced at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2000 (Wise Part Productions).
- Shamanic Practitioner’s Training with Eagles Wing 2000.
- Practitioners Training in Creative Expression launch 2007.
- Making Moves in the Bay Area of California April 2008-2010.
- Making Moves in Europe – Rotterdam, Lisbon, Skyros (Greece) 2009-
- Editor of Ritual Theatre: the power of dramatic ritual in personal development groups and clinical practice published by Jessica Kingsley November 15th 2011.
- Author of From Wallflower to Sunflower, the quiet person’s path to natural self-confidence (2017)
- Launch of the Sunflower Effect Confidence Course Leader Training
Claire Schrader is a member of the British Association for Drama Therapists (BADth) https://badth.org.uk/ and is registered as an Arts Therapist with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council)