Claire Kaplan Creates



Making Theatre

Storytelling on two continents

I am a founding member of both Hungry River and The West

Hungry River Theatre Co.
The West


Hungry River was a lab theatre company in Ridgecrest, in California’s Mojave Desert. We trained and created devised work, embedded ourselves in the complex local community, and learned how to develop and run a theatre company.

We founded the company in the tradition of Brook and Grotowski: disappear into the wilderness and see what you find. To that end, we favored rigorous physical training and praxis. With them, I served as director of education, writing curricula and instructing at every school in the Sierra Sands school district, as well as holding workshops for teenagers and adults. I also served as a director of development, forming community bonds for a more sustainable arts model.

The space we founded, appropriated from a cavernous former batting cage, is still running programming today.

My current artistic home is The West, an international multimedia storytelling collective. We create devised work and adapt texts using personal narrative, movement, song, design, whatever! 

We developed Lady Into Fox for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, winning multiple top-of-the-Fringe awards, and receiving extensions at several Los Angeles-area theatres. The piece was built using original and found text, music, dance, and 900 pounds of buttered spaghetti.

With them, I’ve devised and produced live theatre, short and feature-length films, comedy sketches, and podcasts on two continents.



I received my MFA in European Devised Performance Practice, a world-premiere program through Arthaus Berlin and Columbia College Chicago. 

From performance to marketing to writing to directing to outreach and development, I can create theatre from the ground up.

I’m dedicated to an inclusive, welcoming, socially responsible creative space.