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Claudia Rene Wier

Claudia Rene Wier

Claudia Rene Wier

Associate Professor of Teaching of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts; Associate Professor of Teaching of Music


460 Theatre, Film, and Media Arts Building
1932 College Road
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 York University
  • MFA Eastern Michigan University
  • MA Bowling Green University
  • MM Bowling Green University
  • BA The University of New Mexico

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 a DAAD Scholarship alumnus 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.

Wier CR. "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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