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Claudia Rene Wier

Claudia Rene Wier

Claudia Rene Wier

Associate Teaching Professor (TFMA)


460 Theater, Film, and Media Arts Building
1932 College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Performance and Theatre Studies
  • Opera studies
  • Directing
  • Applied youth theatre
  • Gender in performance
  • Performing social justice
  • Voice and movement
  • Devising for performance


  • PhD, Theatre and Performance Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • MFA, Applied Drama and Theatre for the Young, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
  • MA, Theatre, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • MM, Vocal Performance, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • BA, Vocal Performance, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Claudia Rene Wier was an Ontario Trillium Scholarship Fellow and a York University Provost Dissertation Fellow at York University. Her dissertation is titled Animating Performance: Tracing Venice’s Resonant Diva Attraverso il Palco e la Soglia on 17th-century Venetian opera and the first universally recognized operatic diva Anna Renzi. The dissertation also covers Warrior Queen operatic roles in Venetian opera. She won an American Society for Theatre Research Fellowship to travel to and conduct research in Venetian and other Italian archives. She is an alumna of the DAAD Scholarship, which funded her MFA Internship at the Unter den Linden Outreach and Pedagogy program in Berlin. Wier also sang professionally as a lyric soprano with the Städtische Bühne Regensburg in Germany for eight years. She has taught courses at the University of Michigan, Concordia University, York University, and Eastern Michigan University. She has directed for the Comic Opera Guild of Ann Arbor at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti for an English translation of Il Maestro di Musica, and for an English version of Hansel and Gretel. She also holds practitioner certification in the Lessac Voice and Movement method.

Recent Publication

Wier, C.R. "Performing Celebrity and Anna Renzi's Cross-Dressed Performance as Ergindo." Theatre Survey. 2023;64(3):291-323. doi:10.1017/S004055742300025X

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