Bio and Artist Statement
Claire is a comedy writer based in New York City. Her “popera” Oh, Soy! written with Landon Braverman, played to a sold-out crowd at the Duplex Cabaret last year. At NYU, she developed a musical comedy, You Will Die Alone with composer Shane Parks. Claire also writes sketch comedy and is training in improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She is currently writing a musical with composer Ji-Young Kim about a Korean grandma's frustrations with her Americanized family. Claire is a recent graduate of the Musical Theatre Writing program at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and a member of the Dramatist Guild.
I am most interested in stories that hold a mirror up to our society, that have heart, that give the audience a chance to question, reflect, and in that reflection laugh, morn, scream out and take action. Like Brecht, I strive to create political theater but unlike Brecht, I believe that empathy and emotion are important muscles for an audience and for humanity as a whole to exercise.
I love exploring the depths of the imagination, to have a playfulness in character and lyrics, to create a new world for the audience to explore.
Songs are a powerful tool. They affect both body and mind. Songs pull at the soul.