Claire Tran (they/she) is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, artist, and community organizer. Claire is committed to the creation of an imaginative, joyful, and powerful movement for justice.
Claire’s screenplay Steel Cutter was the winner of the 2019 Fresh Voices Screenwriting competition in the category of Family genre and won an award for Diversity & Inclusion. It was a second-round finalist in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Their play, Steel Cutter was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2017. Their screenplay, The Edge of Imagination was a second-round finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition in 2015. Her play entitled FLUFFY, about a middle-aged pillow who would like to be fluffy again, was optioned by JJ Films.
Claire’s songs have been performed at the National Alliance for Musical Theater, 54 Below, and the Musical Theater Factory. Their musical, Grandma Kim vs. America, co-written with composer Jiyoung Kim, performed to a sold-out audience at HERE Arts Center Theater in the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in New York (2014). Claire’s musical, Oh Soy, written with composer Landon Braverman, has been showcased at the Opera Disrupted Cabaret at Bella Concert Hall, in Calgary, AB (2018) as well as the Duplex Theatre in New York (2013). At NYU, she developed a new musical comedy, YOU WILL DIE ALONE with composer Shane Parks (2013). Their musical, 4EvR PnK was showcased at the Fault Line Theater Festival in San Francisco (2006) and at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in New York (2009).
Claire co-created and produced #NOTCRAZYRICHASIANS, a video spoof on the effect of rising rents on Asian communities. They co-created and produced community dance actions including the Right To the City “Tax the Rich Shuffle” that took place in seven cities, a parody of the nineties hit, “Poison” / “That Water is Poison” to stop uranium mining in Virginia.
Claire also enjoys writing sketch comedy and trained in improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City.
They are a member of the Dramatist Guild and The Playwrights Center. Claire holds a Masters in Performance Art from the Experimental Performance Institute in San Francisco and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
Claire is a passionate advocate for youth-led organizing, community organizing, and voter mobilization. She draws from Ella Baker’s philosophy of facilitative leadership that nurtured new leaders within the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. They draw inspiration from their work with New Virginia Majority, the Right to the City Alliance, SOUL: School of Unity and Liberation, AYPAL: Building API Community Power and AAPIs for Civic Empowerment. When she is not writing, she is helping to lead a new movement for governing power led by oppressed communities.
Her designs can be found at www.redbubble.com/people/claratran
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