Claire O'Loughlin

I am a writer, fundraiser and theatre, literature and visual arts megafan, based in Wellington. I am also a performance-maker, sailor and cyclist. I am the Script Coordinator at Playmarket, a Project Producer and Grants Writer at Barbarian Productions, and a freelancer doing all sorts of performance, writing and arts-related things around New Zealand. I have a BA Hons (First Class) in Theatre and English Literature and a MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Victoria University.  I co-founded contemporary performance company Binge Culture with five other wonderpeople in 2008, and am the co-director and producer of Binge's interactive community-building street show, Whales. You can check out Whales and our other work at

I am passionate about art that connects with audiences in practical ways and on all sorts of emotional levels, and that increases awareness and compassion. I like stuff that does something to my body and brain. I love Jenny Holzer, Anne Carson, Colin McCahon, Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, Joan Didion and Sufjan Stevens. The best things I have done in recent years are write a memoir of my childhood growing up on a sailing yacht, and cycle 3000km down the West Coast of the USA with my husband, lighting designer Marcus McShane. The most engaging and mind-exploding things I have seen in recent years are Swan Lake/Loch na hEala by Teaċ Daṁsa (created by Michael Keegan-Dolan), Cindy Sherman at Wellington City Gallery, A Lot Of Sorrow by Ragnar Kjartansson and The National at Copenhagen Contemporary, Nanette by Hannah Gadsby and My Best Dead Friend by Anya Tate-Manning and Isobel MacKinnon at BATS Theatre.

Claire O'Loughlin has helped fund

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The Playground NZ

We're organising a new festival of New Zealand theatre and performance in one of New York City's most exciting venues. We need support for the cost of promoting this festival in New York, and to get our set and props freighted around the world.

103% $15,555.55 OF
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Free Theatre Christchurch

Conceived as an interactive multimedia theatre production, this project explores the all-pervasive America of our present as achieved utopia or nightmare.

100% $2,000.00 OF
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Bright Orange Walls

An immersive, interactive, pop-up theatre event tailored to Wellington's art identity, this is Shakespeare's Twelfth Night like you've never seen – or heard, or tasted, or felt – before.

100% $2,515.00 OF
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GoldFish Creative

Behold The Ghost is an unforgiving tragedy about gender and intolerance.

100% $8,002.50 OF
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Jennifer O'Sullivan

Cheap coffee, free haircuts, and political banter... Political Cutz is a comfortable space for political conversation and engagement (without the polls).

100% $3,020.00 OF
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Binge Culture

It’s a Trial, but unlike you’ve ever seen. Wellington eccentrics Binge Culture and Barbarian Productions take their award-winning collaboration to the next level.

100% $2,800.00 OF
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Chapel Perilous

The Basement Tapes is an award-winning NZ production created by Wellington theatre makers. We're heading to Edinburgh Fringe, but not without your help!

104% $6,275.00 OF