"Claire is a one-of-a-kind coach. She has a unique way of highlighting your strengths to showcase your individuality. Her collaborative nature and warm personality allows you to open yourself completely to create your best art. Every rehearsal was incredibly educational as both an actor and human, and just down right fun! Without Claire, there is no way I would have gotten into grad school! If you want the best, then you want Claire!"
- Aishling Pembroke, accepted into NYU Grad Acting class of 2018
"I will not walk into an audition without first running through my sides with Claire Karpen. Rather than forcing her ideas upon you (as many acting coaches are want to do), she gently and intelligently helps bring out the best version of yourself, as it relates to the character you are trying to portray."
- Scott Aiello (Juilliard Drama Group 41, A View from the Bridge, the Gate Theater, Ireland)
"Claire Karpen is smart, direct and incredibly helpful. She knows how to guide an actor and ultimately enhance what you already bring to the table. I highly recommend her."
- Andrea Syglowski (Juilliard Drama Group 42, How to Get Away With Murder, Venus in Fur at the Huntington)
"Claire is a smart and warm director. Working with her, there is a sense that I am being heard and seen fully, and that my own excellence is being demanded of me. She will keep digging for more specificity and clarity."
- Ben Mehl (MFA NYU Grad Acting, Pericles at the Public)
"I've had the privilege to work with Claire as a director [A Little Night Music] and as a coach in preparation for my grad school auditions. Her enthusiasm and passion for the material is inspiring and invites the collaborators to bring all of themselves to the work. She perfectly blends the professional and the personal, leading with astute observations and artful generosity."
- Phillip Stoddard (Juilliard Vocal Arts '13, and Juilliard Drama Group 47)
"Claire was a true partner throughout my 2 year journey of applying to MFAs. Now that I am entering a program in the fall, I feel so equipped to start this journey because Claire has helped me make the application/audition journey such an incredible learning experience. She is authentic and caring, and brings so much craft, collaboration and openness into rehearsal with you. She helps you explore the choices that are most authentic and not the ones that you feel you "should" make, she tells me what I need to hear even when it isn't comfortable. All of this stems from her own dedication to acting and theatremaking. My training journey as an actor would not have been so rewarding if it weren't for Claire."
- Elisabeth Ho (RADA MA Theatre Lab)
"Claire is an experienced coach who was able to adapt herself to my needs and guide me through all the steps (including choosing the right texts) of my MFA audition preparation. She is patient and knows how to make the student evolve. She’s easy to work with and makes you feel confident about your work. I would definitely work with her again on future auditions."
- Anne S. (New School MFA)
Teaching: 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 of all ages on material for theater, musical theater, television, film, cabaret and conservatory schools auditions.
If you are interested in working with Claire, please email c l a i r e . k a r p e n @ g m a i l . c o m.
Henry IV, Part I at Juilliard with Co-Directors Richard Feldman (far left) and Claire Karpen (far right) with Movement Director Peter Pucci and Group 46.