Claire Kaplan Creates



Claire Kaplan

MFA, European Devised Performance Practice
BA, Theatre

I got my start at the Long Beach Shakespeare Company when I was 14. I moved towards the contemporary canon in college: Williams, Odets, Miller, Wilson, Shepard, Rivera. Then I got into the Eastern Europeans and things became pretty weird. 

I now work with a mix of Viewpoints, Meisner, Grotowski, LeCoq, Brecht, Donellan, Bausch, and classical training.

Check out my resume and some of these fancy photos!


Olympia! Olympia! Olympia!

An international devised piece.

Lady into Fox

as Silvia, the lady who turns into a fox, in this award-winning devised piece

Lady Into Fox


Selected Theatre
Olympia! Olympia! Olympia! Self Theaterhaus Mitte (Berlin) Dir: Self
Wild Women Baby Edinburgh Fringe Dir: Brittany Price Anderson
Manifest(O) Self Chopin Theatre Dir: Firenze Guidi
Oklahoma: Winner Takes All Curly/Self Columbia Chicago  Dir: Thom Pasculli
The Suitcase  Jackleen  The West/Echo Theatre  Dir: Sam Hunter
Second Skin  Mother  The West/Flagship Ensemble  Dir: Kate Jopson
Henry V Chorus Kingsmen Shakespeare Dir: Michael Arndt
Three Sisters Natasha La Jolla Playhouse/WOW  Dir: Tom Dugdale
Lady Into Fox Silvia  The West  Dir: Sam Hunter
Dealing Dreams  Zoe  Stage Door Rep  Dir: Andy Lowe
She Kills Monsters Kalliope  East West Players  Dir: Andy Lowe
Macbeth  Macbeth  THE TRIP  Dir: Tom Dugdale
Our Town Mrs. Soames La Jolla Playhouse/WOW Dir: Tom Dugdale
Oklahoma!  Gertie Cummins Sierra Repertory Theatre  Dir: Dennis Jones
Three Sisters  Olga/Fedotik  Hungry River Theatre Co.  Dir: Sam Hunter
Heart of Dogland  Kate/Queen  Hungry River Theatre Co.  Dir: Sam Hunter & Co
Hamlet  Hamlet  Hungry River Theatre Co.  Dir: Sam Hunter
Pride and Prejudice  The Girl  South Coast Repertory  Dir: Kyle Donnelly
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog Reporter  Chinese Pirate Prod.  Dir: Andy Lowe 
Hot L Baltimore  April  UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse  Dir: Kim Rubinstein
The Hatmaker’s Wife (Original prod.)  Wall  Baldwin New Play Festival  Dir: Josh Brody
Cowboy Mouth  Cavale  Hollywood Fringe 2011  Dir: Sam Hunter 
Much Ado About Nothing  Beatrice  UCSD Cabaret  Dir: Sam Hunter
Pagan Play  The Queen  Hollywood Fringe 2010  Group Produced
The Measure for Measure Experiment  Provost  The Oval House Theatre, London  Dir: David Freeman
The Lonesome West  Girleen  Triad Productions  Dir: Adam Parker
Balm in Gilead  Rust  Steppenwolf West  Dir: Jeff Perry
Woyzeck  Marie  UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse  Dir: Gabor Tompa
Romeo and Juliet  Juliet  Long Beach Shakespeare Co.  Dir: Helen Borgers
The Taming of the Shrew  Bianca  Long Beach Shakespeare Co. Dir: Helen Borgers
The Tempest  Miranda  Long Beach Shakespeare Co. Dir: Helen Borgers
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Peaseblossom  Long Beach Shakespeare Co. Dir: Helen Borgers
Romeo and Juliet: Deconstructed  Every Character  SD Shakespeare Society  Dir: Mike Auer
Sub Rosa Mina (Lead) The West Dir: Spencer Devlin Howard
Like Animals Mother The West Dir: Leland Montgomery
God Particles  Jill (Lead)  The West Dir: Leland Montgomery
Ingobernable  Anna Vargas-West (Lead)  Netflix  Post-Haste Digital
National  Lead  Silver Jeans  Dir: Milana Vayntrub
Germany Lead Migraine Mode App Dir: Filip Lisowski
Founding Member
Hungry River Theatre Co.; also Director of Education, designed and taught classes for all levels
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MFA in European Devised Performance Practice: Columbia College/Arthaus Berlin
BA in Theatre: UC San Diego
Certificate in Theatre and Theatrical Analysis: British-American Drama Academy Viewpoints, Meisner, Alexander, Feldenkrais, Grotowski, Improvisation (comedic, dramatic, and physical) Ballet, Yoga, Contemporary Dance, Singing, Classical Text, LeCoq, Storytelling, Maskwork, Lucid Body, Impact Play.
People and Places
Steppenwolf West, Alexandra Billings, Kim Rubinstein, Eric Hunicutt, Jeff Perry, Jim Winker, Ian Wooldridge, Mick Barnfather, Annabelle Leventon, Fiona Shaw, Brian Cox, Greg Hicks and Kelly Hunter of RSC, Ursula Meyer of OSF, Eva Barnes, Linda Vickerman, Comedy Sportz, Ultimate Improv, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Kyle Donnelly, Gabor Tompa, Thomas Prattki, Family Floz, Song of the Goat, Punchdrunk
Milton B. Saier Memorial Award for Acting, UCSD
Yale Finalist, 2014
NYU Finalist, 2015
Special Skills
Mezzo Soprano; outdoor Shakespeare; improv (short and long form); Mandolin; sketch writing; 16 years of ballet, yoga, choreography; vocal coach; horseback riding; stage combat (swordplay, hand-to-hand); fire poi; conversational French; accents and impressions, all kinds.