Caroline Clegg

Tutor in the School of Vocal Studies and Opera (Stagecraft)


Tutor in Acting, Stagecraft 

Director of Youth Perform

Caroline has a portfolio freelance career in theatre, opera and education.  

As a theatre and opera director she has 25 years experience alongside a career as a performer in West End musicals, regional theatre and national TV which began in 1984.  She began her opera work at the RNCM in 1994 when she joined the School of Opera as a movement and presentation tutor.   She then went to Welsh National Opera as a staff director for a year before embarking on a freelance career.  She now works regularly with many national and international companies including Opera North and the Hallé Orchestra.  Caroline works alongside David Pountney, most recenlty reviving his production of The House of the Dead by Janacek at the Savonlinna Opera Festival (2016), assoc dir on Lulu (WNO 2013) and revival director in Bolzano (2016).  Other recent work includes; Rigoletto at the Longborough Festival Opera, (2015), world premier of Tokaido Road (Nicola Lefanu) (2013-14) for the Cheltenham Festival and national Tour, and director of the staged Seven Deadly Sins (Weill) with the Halle Orchestra (cond Sir Mark Elder).

Always a keen advocate of training and professional development Caroline is the director of Youth Perform at the RNCM which encourages young people (13 – 21) to gain confidence in themselves whilst developing skills through musical theatre.   She also lectures at The Manchester School of Theatre (Manchester Met) and was a member of the National Council for Drama Training review panel, now Drama UK for many years. She also lectures at the University of Manchester in both the music and drama departments in all aspects of performance and is one of their lead trainers across departments for platform presentaion skills and public speaking.   In 1997 she was awarded the John Thaw Fellowship which she held for two years.

In 1994 she founded the award winning Feelgood Theatre Productions which specialises in site-specific theatre. A regionally based company that tours into the West End and internationally.  For her work in encouraging access to the arts through her work with Feelgood Caroline was named Lancashire Woman of the Year 2005, awarded the Angel Award for Artistic Excellence in 2006, and in 2007 she was awarded the Horniman Award for outstanding services to theatre’ at the Manchester Evening News Awards. 

In 2010 she was named best director in the North West Theatre for Slave – A Question of Freedom was honoured with the Pete Postlethwaite Award for Best New Play at the Manchester Evening News Awards with the subsequent tour and residency at the Riverside Studios being awarded the innaugural Media Award from the Human Trafficking from the Human Trafficking Foundation presented at 10 Downing Street in 2011.  This award was won by the team from the RNCM for the opera Anya17 by Adam Gorb (comp), Ben Kaye, (lib), Clarke Rundell (cond), Caroline Clegg (dir) in 2012.   

Caroline is currently working on her PhD at the RNCM – MMU.  She holds a Masters (music and drama) from The University of Manchester and a PGCE (FAHE) from Manchester Met.  

She is also a qualified dance teacher with the International Dance Teachers Association. 


Current and Future Research

PhD in Performance.  Producing new theatre and music in the site-specific setting of Heaton Hall and Park.

Research Funding

AHRC NWCDTP funding for PhD