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Claire Karpen (AEA/SAG-AFTRA) is an actor, director, teacher and acting coach based in NYC who has worked both On/Off Broadway, regionally and internationally. 

Acting: London: Into the Woods (Menier Chocolate Factory). Broadway: Sylvia. Off-Broadway: Into the Woods (Roundabout/Fiasco); The Heir Apparent by David Ives (Classic Stage Company); Jack by Melissa Ross (59E59); At the Table by Michael Perlman (HERE Arts/Fault Line). Regional: Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle (DPT); Into the Woods (Old Globe, McCarter); On the Exhale (Chautauqua Theatre); Bedroom Farce (Westport Country Playhouse); Don't Talk to the Actors (Penguin Rep); Richard III, Much Ado, Tempest, Comedy of Errors (Trinity Rep); The 60's Project (Goodspeed); The Last Five Years (Stamford Center for the Arts).  She is also a proud Eastern Region Principal Councilor in Actors' Equity Association.

Directing: Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling (Heritage Theatre Festival); The Woodsman by James Ortiz (New World Stages, 59E59, BlueBarn/Strangemen); Bernie and Mikey's Trip to the Moon by Scott Aiello (59E59/Strangemen), Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale (Chautauqua Theatre and MSFO); Shakespeare's Henry IV Part I, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally, A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, Trelawney of the Wells by Arthur Wing Pinero, Actor Presentations for Group 43-49 (Juilliard). Training: Juilliard (Michel St. Denis Award) and Brown University (Susan Ross Steinfeld Award for Theatre).

Teaching and Coaching: Claire has taught students at the Juilliard School where she also directs studio projects, Syracuse's Tepper Center in NY both for BFA Acting students as well as Invent@SU engineering students; MudBone in the Bronx; Juilliard's arts camp in Kissimmee, FL (ages 8-18) and masterclass workshops at Roundabout, the Public, the Old Globe and the Chautauqua Institution.  As a private coach, Claire regularly works with actors on material for theater, musical theater, television, film, cabaret and conservatory schools auditions.