Now extended through August 17th!  INTO THE WOODS at The Old Globe.  

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


The HEIR APPARENT by David Ives, directed by John Rando at Classic Stage Company.  With Dave Quay, Carson Elrod and Claire Karpen.  Photo by Richard Termine.

February, 2014

REVIEWS of THE WOODSMAN, co-directed by Claire Karpen and James Ortiz now playing 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!" - 


As a director/teacher, Claire has been working with Richard Feldman on Henry IV, Part One at Juilliard


Workshopping a new play with Fault Line Theater Company: 

May 3rd-June 9th - EXTENDED A WEEK!

Read Ben Brantley's NYTIMES review.

Fiasco's production of Into the Woods begins at the McCarter theater and extends to June 9th! Click here for ticket information, and visit the Media page for pictures from rehearsal and performance!


Into the Woods workshops and rehearsals begin!  See the announcement and click the below photo for more pictures.

Claire Karpen and Noah Brody.  Photo by Matt Pilsner


Claire was honored to be in the reading of A. Rey Pamatmat's beautiful play about mathmetician, logician, cryptoanalyst Alan Turing.

by A Rey Pamatmat
directed by Eric Ting
McCarter Theater 


Pictures up from The Cherry Orchard, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad - check them out on the Media page.


Claire was thrilled to join three exciting workshops:  

O Guru Guru Guru or Why I Don't Want to go to Yoga Class With You
By Mallery Avidon
Directed by Lila Neugebauer
To be part of this year's Humana Festival 

The Gloaming
By Abigail Carney
Directed by Michael Perlman
Lucille Lortel Theatre/Young Playwrights Conference

Music & Lyrics by Andrew Hertz
Additional Lyrics by Ned Riseley
Directed by Kym Moore


She has also released a new podcast with her husband Mike Pettry, called Wine and Cheese with Mike and Claire, available at and currently featuring Phillipa Soo (from the recent Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) and Scott Aiello (Person of Interest).  

Coming soon we have interviews with Michael Perlman (director and writer of FROM WHITE PLAINS now at the Signature Pershing Center), Joe Iconis (award winning composer/lyricist and perfomer whose songs will appear in the premier of this season's SMASH), Jed Resnick (accomplished actor currently in Off Broadway's Avenue Q) and Matt and Lauren Kushner (visual artists specializing in post-production3D work on film and commericials).


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


Claire recently shot a AT&T/Iphone 5 Commercial that is now airing - look for it! 

 It also features Deirdre (Didi) O'Connell, the brilliant actress who originated the role of Marty in Circle Mirror Transformation whom Claire later played at Juilliard, which Didi came to see.



During Hurricane Sandy, in the hope of offering some levity and entertainment as respite from the storm, Mike Pettry and Claire released the demos of their musical! (warning for parents: some songs contain mature content).  Promo video directly below and all songs from the demo are available further down.


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


Claire played the role of Ranyevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, directed by MFA Columbia Directing candidate Tara Ahmadinejad.  Pictures coming soon!

She is also acted in workshops of two exciting new plays and continued working on one of her own, a musical called Hardcore, West Virginia created with composer/lyricist/husband Mike Pettry. Demos to be unveiled soon.

Here's a preview!


Claire directed a Juilliard production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune with the talented Andrea Syglowski and Scott Aiello.


"Claire Karpen carries off Lucinda’s obsessive work ethic and jarring outfits with panache." - The New York Times

Come see Claire in Don't Talk To Actors by Tom Dudzick, directed by Thomas Caruso at the Penguin Rep Theater in Stony Brook, NY, now thru Sunday, August 26th.


Earlier this summer, Claire finished shooting a short independent film The House on Cox Curve in West Hampton, NY.  Directed by Eamon O'Rourke and produced by Sophie Finkelstein. View the trailer below!