writer + director + maker


©2024 Clodagh Chapman
Clodagh Chapman (she/her) is a writer, director & maker based in Manchester, UK.

Clodagh made her professional debut with butterfly (VAULT Festival), which The Guardian dubbed “a brilliant show full of heart”. Since then, her work has included LADYFRIENDS [a period drama] (Hope Mill Theatre & UK Tour) and Sink (in development; supported by HOME & Box of Tricks). In film, her debut short played in competition at BAFTA-qualifying festivals worldwide, and she is currently in pre-production on her next short with BFI NETWORK. Clodagh also works as a dramaturg, recently on Borrowed (Unity Theatre) and Drop It (The Lowry & Lighthouse Poole; in development).

Alongside this, Clodagh makes new work with young people, currently for the National Theatre via schools programme Speak Up. Clodagh also lectures at the University of Saford, and works as a Programme Adviser at Sheffield DocFest and a reader for the Bush Theatre. She has previously hosted panels and Q&As for festivals and organisations including the Almeida Theatre, HOME, BFI London Film Festival, BFI Flare, BFI Future Film Festival and Sheffield DocFest.


BAFTA Connect Membership from July 2023
Official Selection at BIFA- and BAFTA-qualifying film festivals with First Kiss (With A Girl)
Nominated for the Rising Star Award at Women X Film Festival 2022
Shortlisted for the Peter Shaffer Postgraduate Award for Playwriting 2024
Longlisted for BOLD Playwrights 2024
Shortlisted for the MGCfutures Bursary 2023
Longlisted for the VAULT Five 2021
Longlisted for the Pint-Sized Award 2018 with Bunker Theatre


MA Advanced Theatre Practice (Distinction), Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
BSc Geography (First Class Hons), University of Bristol
[Graduated with the Qualitative Human Geography Dissertation Prize.]


Box of Tricks & Rope Ladder Fiction, BoxFresh: writer development scheme // 2023
Royal Exchange Theatre, Writers Group: informal writer development scheme // 2022-pres.
Film Hub North x ASFF, Script Lab: writer development scheme // 2023
Box of Tricks, Pen Pals: six-month writer development scheme // 2022
RECreate Accelerator: paid programme of artist development from RECreate Agency // 2022
NSDF LAB 21/22: 9-month attachment with NSDF, creating new piece of work // 2021/22
Film London x Young Vic Theatre, ShortCuts: paid talent development scheme // 2020
Tobacco Factory Theatres: Writers’ Scheme, mentored by Mike Akers // 2018/19
Theatre West: mentoring & script development // Spring 2018