College of Arts and Humanities
Sybil M St Claire

Sybil M St Claire

Sybil St. Claire is an Associate Lecturer of Theatre at the University of Central Florida, where she co-created one of only six MFAs in the nation in Theatre for Young Audiences. She has worked as an Artistic Director for 20 plus years, serving as both the Founding Artistic Director of All Children's Theatre in Gainesville, Florida, and as the Artistic Director of the Orlando Repertory Theatre in Orlando, Florida. In 2009 she received special Congressional recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives for being a "driving force in youth theatre."

Sybil has taught at the college/university level for over 25 years and has also worked as an Instructor for the New York Film Academy and as an Actor Training Consultant for Walt Disney World Entertainment. She was voted Outstanding Professor of the Year at Santa Fe College by student government and her work has been honored by the University of Central Florida with an Outstanding Research and Creativity award, an Excellence in Academic Partnerships award, and a TIP award for excellence as an educator. As Faculty for the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program, she taught Acting and Theatre for Social Change aboard the MV Explorer. With a theme of Human Rights and Social Justice in the Mediterranean World, this floating university, with 700 students and 35 faculty, had ports of call in Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco. She has also lived off the grid in South America working with disenfranchised populations. 

With graduate degrees in both theatre and dramatic writing, Sybil is an internationally produced and published dramatist whose work has enjoyed performances in almost every state as well as in Canada, Europe, and South America. Her work includes the TYA plays Woolfie, and Incantation, the anthologies Monologues for Student Actors II and Scenes and Monologues of Spiritual Experience from the Best Contemporary Plays. She is currently developing pieces for both stage and screen, tentatively entitled The Family Remains and Bloom. Sybil is a union director, an American Association of University Women Fellow, and the recipient of the Drew Randall Courage and Passion award for her work with the terminally ill in artistic settings. Recent theatrical credits include work on the new musical Yeast Nation (the prequel to Urinetown) at the 15th Annual International Fringe Festival in NYC.

Sybil's work is rooted in community creation/engagement and in finding the medicine in our stories through the lens of Theatre for Social Change. Her experience runs the gamut from theatre for the deaf and LGBTQ+ agitprop theatre (she is the co-founder of interACTionZ, one of the nation's first queer youth theatres for social change) to sharing immersive and transformative theatrical experiences with rape survivors, children in foster care, and terminally ill pediatric patients (she is one of the founding members of Arts in Medicine at Shands Hospital). Sybil is currently working in conjunction with UCF’s Victim Services to create theatre for social change workshops that augment and ignite Bystander Prevention Training.

Though diverse, her work shares a unifying thread, that of empowering others to live their best lives.

Research Interests

Theatre for Social Change
Theatre for Young Audiences
Transformational Theatre: Raising Consciousness While Honing a Craft
Dramatic Writing


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11487 THE2000H Honors Theatre Survey Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Available
No Description Available
11167 THE4543H Hon Theatre for Social Change Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Available
No Description Available
19021 TPP4244 The Art of Storytelling Face2Face W 11:30AM - 2:20PM Available
No Description Available
10280 TPP4940L Theatre Internship Web Web Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80481 THE2000H Honors Theatre Survey Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Available
No Description Available
91891 THE3930H Hon Special Topic Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Available
No Description Available
80323 TPP4940L Theatre Internship Web Web Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50033 TPP4940L Theatre Internship Web C Web Not Online
No Description Available

Updated: Jan 11, 2018

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