Claire Neumann is a world-champion birdcaller, because there is only one birdcalling contest in the world, and it's at Piedmont High School in California. She won twice and subsequently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and on Ellen to regale audiences with her perfected chirps. Claire is a comedienne and a healer, seeking to uplift through humor and joy.
A graduate of Northwestern University (Magna Cum Laude), and NYU Silver School of Social Work (Master of Social Work), Claire has explored many realms of performance and human connection. She just finished the Broadway National Tour of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and will soon be seen in Seattle in The 5th Avenue Theatre's new musical about unconventional princesses, Bliss. She had a blast Off-Broadway as the Female Clown in Baghdaddy, a musical about the Iraq War (NYTimes Critic's Pick, Original Cast Recording) and played a transgender dinosaur in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical, Triassic Parq. Claire was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun and Nellie in Floyd Collins at the Weathervane Theatre.
Claire is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), and when she is not performing, she works in an outpatient substance use clinic, hoping eventually to use drama therapy techniques with convicted felons, and harness the transformational power of theatre to work with underserved populations grappling with addictions, eating disorders, trauma and abuse.
Claire is a member of the hip hop dance troupe Def-C, and the all female improvisational group Funkle Todd, an indie team that has been invited to perform internationally, from Toronto's own Comedy Bar to theaters and festivals in Chicago and NYC, including UCB East, The Peoples' Improv Theatre, The Creek and the Cave, and many underground black-box spaces around the city. Check out their online sketch comedy, here: www.funkletodd.weebly.com. More sketches from her comedy duo DudeTakeDude are in the video section of this site.
Other favorite credits, Off-Broadway: Baghdaddy* (St. Lukes Theatre), Triassic Parq* (Soho Playhouse), Spidey Project* (The PIT), Peter Wendy (Soho Repertory Theatre), House On Miranga Island (The Players Theatre). Regional: Bliss (5th Ave Theatre); Mystery of Edwin Drood (Riverside Theatre); How To Succeed...(Stages St. Louis); Les Misérables and Into The Woods at the Weathervane Theatre; Boston Marriage (Hudson Stage). Other New York: Pericles (Gower/Dionyza/Thaliard/Boult/Fisherman 1/Lychorida) at the Garden Theatre; In The Car (Staged reading with Len Cariou and Kyra Sedgwick), directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett; Hooray For Iceboy! (Staged reading), directed by John Rando; Moby Dick staged reading with Tony Sheldon (Prod. by Cameron Mackintosh); The Spidey Project (Betty Brant), the Peoples Improv Theatre. Film: Spicy Tuna (Lead), dir. Jacqueline Reyes; Clutter (Lead), dir. Rachel Werbel. TV/New Media: Door on the Left (Funkle Todd), Meet Norma St. Cleod (Webseries); Timmy (Guest Star as Timmy), sketch featured on FunnyOrDie; DudeTakeDude (Internet Sketch).
*Original Cast Recordings (in Audio section of this website)