“Expect this incredible talent to become a star very soon, both in front of the camera and behind it.”

Praise for Clare's work as director and actor in RUNNER.

“It’s always exciting to witness a filmmaker who demonstrates an acute sense of storytelling right off the bat in their very first movie. She’s not only the lead in the deft new thriller, but the newbie wrote, produced, edited, and directed it too. Cooney seems to be an absolute natural. Expect this incredible talent to become a star very soon, both in front of the camera and behind it.” - Jeff York, The Establishing Shot

"This marks the directorial debut of one of the Windy City’s brightest artistic talents, Clare Cooney.  'Runner' solidifies Cooney’s status as a filmmaker of immense promise." - Roger Ebert Critic Matt Fagerholm, IndieOutlook

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"An extremely auspicious directorial debut for Cooney, who is better known for her work as an actress (she’s a performer of uncommon depth). - Michael Glover Smith, TimeOut Chicago



“Cooney can say more with staring, lidded eyes than most actresses can with pages of dialogue. If there is a God, she should be a major star.” - Jeff York, The Establishing Shot

"Charismatic Cooney, a real presence, here strongly resembles a young Colleen Camp with acerbic brass to match. She understands that the key to allure is to underplay and draw us to her, and she’s always the smartest person in the room.” - ChicagoFilm.com


Praise for Clare as Princess Kate in KING CHARLES III. 

"Clare Cooney is a force to be reckoned with as Duchess Kate." -Indianapolis Business Journal

"the engaging Clare Cooney's Kate—She’s far from being a Lady Macbeth, but one does think about the comparison."- Indiana Public Media

"Clare Cooney made a fabulously devious Kate Middleton. She did a fantastic job of easily slipping from the fancy poetry of the royals to courser prose." - Bravo Bloomington


Actor Award for BIRD OF PREY

Clare received a special mention award for Outstanding Acting at Sidewalk Film Festival for her performance in a short film called Bird of Prey, directed by Marion Hill, that was part of SHOUT! shorts. Check out the trailer on the media page.

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Praise for Clare in Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's PIRANDELLLO'S HENRY IV.

"The cast is uniformly talented and captivating--The lovely Clare Cooney is perfection as the mysterious, cat-like Frida." - Chicago Theatre Review