Something New - a musical theatre podcast
Episode 310 - Claire Karpen and James OrtizMarch 30, 2015 Joel B. New
CLAIRE KARPEN is an actor, writer, and director. Her performing credits include David Ives's The Heir Apparent, directed by John Rando @ CSC; Into the Woods at the Old Globe, McCarter, and Fiasco; The 60's Project @ Goodspeed; The Last Five Years @ Stamford Center for the Arts; Richard III, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, and Comedy of Errors @ Trinity Rep. She co-wrote Hardcore West Virginia, with my friend of many years Mike Pettry, which was part of a 2012 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop. As a director, she has had a hand in The Woodsman @ 59E59; Henry IV Part I, Trelawny of the Wells, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and A Little Night Music, all @ Juilliard; and Voices in My Head @ Ars Nova. She received her training at Juilliard and Brown University. She can currently be seen as Cinderella and Granny in Fiasco Theater’s critically-acclaimed revival of INTO THE WOODS, now playing at The Laura Pels Theatre in New York, as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s current season. JAMES ORTIZ is a NYC based actor, director, writer, puppet designer, and co-artistic director of Strangemen & Co. Acting credits include The Woodsman (59e59) El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theatre Co.), On the Head of a Pin (Strangemen) , and Rhinoceros (UglyRhino). Design/directorial credits (puppet or otherwise) include: the Tempest (D.C. Shakespeare) King Lear (Public Theatre and Theatre for a New Audience) Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Place Players) Miss Lilly Gets Bones (Studio 42) My Base and Scurvy Heart (Studio 42) The Little Mermaid (Glass Bandits), and The Woodsman (Ars Nova.) Recipient of the 2013 Jim Henson Foundation Grant. Song Presentation: Jenny Neale performs "The Fort" from The Songs of Joel B. New, Volume I, now available for purchase on Repertwa.com.