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"During children’s play, our own humanity is revealed and if we pay attention, we can grasp the poetics and politics behind our existence."

Claudia Escobar


Claudia is a multi-award interdisciplinary artist and academic with international recognition based in Melbourne.

Claudia is currently a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Business and Law in Deakin University (Australia) conducting a research on children and leadership. She previously worked as Associate Research Fellow at the School of Management Deakin University and the Universidad de los Andes School of Management (Colombia).

Originally from Colombia, she has presented in international conferences on arts and cultural management (e.g. International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management AIMAC 2013, Bogota, Colombia), published several research papers and was Co-Author in the book Guide to Theatre Auditoriums Management, 2007, Ministry of Culture – FJC University, Colombia. 

Her artwork has been catalogued as effective and deeply provocative. Her peak work with children play:ground, was reviewed by Melbourne's main newspaper as 'An effective and deeply provocative evocation of a very real contemporary horror' John Bailey, The Age.

Her arts practice involves theatre making with children, performance art, community arts and music performance. She is artistic director of EL TARRO, a multi-award community arts project (Official Selection of South Project 2010; Pozible Gigs Prize 2013) with productions in Colombia, USA, Argentina, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Italy and Australia. As a performer she has been part of IN TRANSIT Festival in Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt (Berlin, 2011); Performance Space, Carriageworks (Sydney, 2010) and Dance Massive (Melbourne, 2011). She is also the lead singer in Miss Colombia, Melbourne renowned neotropical band. 

Claudia also has over ten years of experience in arts management and has worked as a consultant and researcher for cultural management. Between 2009 and 2014 she was Marketing and Development Officer at Multicultural Arts Victoria (Australia).

She has been an appointed member of key artistic advisory committees such as Melbourne Fringe Festival Artistic Advisory Committee (2014) and Advisory Committee, School of Art, RMIT University (2014).

Claudia has also received prestigious awards and scholarship including:

  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) & Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (DUPRS) (2016)
  • Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship (Australia, 2011)
  • Art and Youth for Peace Award (Colombia, 2010)
  • IPCA Award (Australia, 2008)
  • Carolina Oramas Award ICETEX (Colombia, 2007)
  • Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship (Colombia, 2007).

In 2012 she was Assistant Director for the Malthouse production Blood Wedding (2012) directed by Artistic Director Marion Potts.

Claudia holds a Master in Theatre Practice and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation from The University of Melbourne, Faculty of the VCA and Music (Australia); a Master in Management (Hons) and Graduate Diploma in Marketing from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and a BA in Industrial Design (Hons) from Universidad Nacional de Colombia.