Previews begin Dec. 18th


"I fell head over heels." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Paul Coffey, Claire Karpen and Matt Castle.  Photo by Matt Pilsner.

"And as rendered by the Baker and his Wife (Mr. Steinfeld and Jessie Austrian), Cinderella (Claire Karpen), Little Red Riding Hood (Emily Young) and a maternally warped witch (Jennifer Mudge), these songs of reckoning come across as some of the most poignant declarations of ambivalence Mr. Sondheim ever wrote."

- Ben Brantley's NYTIMES review.



With Dave Quay, Carson Elrod and Claire Karpen.  Photo by Richard Termine.

"The entire cast excels... Ms. Karpen has an earthy deadpan style that well suits her character’s frequent exclamations of disgust at her employer’s behavior."

- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times



co-directed by Claire Karpen and James Ortiz at 59E59:

"The grace of the staging by Ortiz and codirector Claire Karpen is aesthetically captivating while also impressively precise in its storytelling. " - Theatremania

"Creative, entertaining, haunting, and beautifully tragic."

"The real triumph is the unity of the company... The result is theater with a sense of urgency and imagination that I want to experience all the time." -

"Strangemen and Co’s The Woodsman, with their deep respect for story and transcendent stagecraft, stands out as one of the most authentic presentations of Oz that I have ever seen." - New York Theatre Review

"Spare, inspiring, moving, delightful theatre!" - 


Workshopping a new play with Fault Line Theater Company: 


INTO THE WOODS at the McCarter  


The Cherry Orchard, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad
MFA Columbia Graduate Directing program


Claire shot this commercial for, directed by Bob Balaban and featuring several talented Improv artists and stand up comics from all over the country.


AT&T/Iphone 5 Commercial 



music and lyrics by Mike Pettry
book by Claire Karpen and Mike Pettry

2012 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop participant with Stephen Schwartz
2012 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award recipient Mike Pettry

Three high school seniors try to escape their West Virginia roots by making a short film, but are soon seduced by the idea of starting a porno production company. For a small fee, locals get to act in pornos that the kids write, film, and produce. They get to refine their filmmaking skills and save money for college, but find themselves growing up much too fast. 

Demos below feature the talents of Alex Brightman, F. Michael Haynie, Hannah Elless, Lorinda LIstitza, Lindsay Mendez and Jason "Sweettooth" Williams.



Claire Karpen with Beth Fowler in Don't Talk to the Actors at Penguin Rep.

"Claire Karpen carries off Lucinda’s obsessive work ethic and jarring outfits with panache." 

The New York Times review of Don't Talk To Actors by Tom Dudzick, directed by Thomas Caruso at the Penguin Rep Theater in Stony Brook, NY. 


A short independent film The House on Cox Curve

directed by Eamon O'Rourke and produced by Sophie Finkelstein.