||Caroline Clegg is an actor, freelance international theatre and opera director. She founded Feelgood Theatre Productions in 1994 and since then has produced and directed all their award winning shows, including Eloquent Protest, their annual London event on Remembrance Sunday.
Their current production Slave - A Question of Freedom won the Pete Postlethwaite Best New Play Award following its premier at the Lowry. It has subsequently been performed in The House of Lords, in London at The Riverside Studios and on a national tour. It will subsequently been seen at the UN and tour to USA.
She works with WNO, (Rigoletto), Mis Bach Du, ENO and works regularly with Opera North for whom she revived the critically acclaimed Shostakovich musical Paradise Moscow (Pountney) which culminated at the Bregenz festival, Austria. She revived David Pountney's acclaimed production of Janacek's House of the Dead at the Teatro Massimo in Sicily and directed Aida and Carmen in large arena productions in Zurich and Hamburg for Companions Opera. She won the Manchester Evening News Award for Harrison Birtwistle's Down by the Greenwood Side (UK and USA), The Wizard of Oz, (Feelgood), Slave - A Question of Freedom, was nominated for Donizetti's Il Campenello for the Buxton Festival and eight other Feelgood shows including Romeo & Juliet - Thando & Ruvhengo, created in Zimbabwe.
She is in demand to direct large scale events such as the Millennium Eve and VE Day Celebrations as well as special galas with the Halle Orchestra, working with singers such as Dame Janet Baker and Kiri te Kanawa. She founded the Bramall Hall Arts Festival and directed La Boheme al fresco in the inaugural year. With the Halle, she directed the first British staging of the Shostakovich opera The Silly Little Mouse, Brundibar, (Imp War Museum North) and as Artistic Director of Celebrity Pig, a company of actors with a learning disability; she directed their adaptation of Romeo and Juliet - A Question of Choice at the Lowry, with Christopher Eccleston. She directed From the Hart, a new musical at the New End Theatre, London and Bite Size Opera for Sawn of Opera at the Tete a Tete Festival.
Caroline lectures at the Royal Northern College of Music, The University of Manchester, Edge Hill University and as a keen advocate of drama training is a reviewer for the National Council for Drama Training. Caroline directed, The Little Shop of Horrors and The Wiz at the RNCM as director of Youth Perform.
As an actor, she has worked in the West End and regional theatre, most recently on TV she played Belinda Broughton in BBC's Candy Cabs; BBC reporter in the film Across the Lake, Thelma Cross in Longford, chief executive Joanna Hopkins in Holby City, numerous life saving doctors in Coronation Street and Emmerdale and opposite a dead dog to wind up Wayne Rooney in Rio's World Cup Wind Ups. You may also have seen her in The Bill, Casualty, Eastenders and The Royal. In 2005 she was named Lancashire Woman of the Year; in 2006 she was awarded the Angel Award for Artistic Excellence and the John Thaw Fellowship by the University of Manchester. In 2007 she was awarded the prestigious Horniman Award for 'outstanding services to theatre' at the Manchester Evening News Awards. In 2010 she was named best director in the NW Theatre review for Slave - A Question of Freedom.
Visit Caroline's website at: www.feelgoodtheatre.co.uk