Clare Muireann Murphy
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Clare Muireann Murphy is a performance storyteller, social entrepreneur, and writer. She has performed all over the world, including the Globe Theatre London, the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore, and Dramatikkens Hus in Oslo. Murphy has been a featured teller at many international storytelling festivals, including Festival at the Edge UK, Fabula Festival in Sweden, and Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival in Ireland. In 2011 she will be a featured teller at the Toronto Storytelling Festival.

Over the last five years, Murphy has contributed significantly to the development of storytelling in the West of Ireland. She founded Story Night in 2006, a monthly storytelling gathering that promotes storytelling, community, and integration. It boasts a young and diverse demographic and continues to be an introductory point for many new generations to the art of storytelling.

Murphy has worked with the international community in Galway to help combat racism through her project, the International Night of Tales, a seven-week storytelling venture that worked exclusively with people in asylum-seeking and refugee communities. Murphy was awarded the Social Entrepreneurship Ireland Level 1 Award in 2007 for her work with marginalized communities. As a current member of the FEST (Federation for European Storytelling) steering group, Murphy organized the 2010 Conference in Reading, and also is currently planning the 2011 conference in Madrid.

Murphy got her international bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and English at the National University of Ireland at Galway. She performs in both English and Spanish.

www.claremurphy.org