Intern Spotlight: Claire Martin


We are thrilled to be working with Claire Martin as a Playwriting Intern this semester. A senior honors student double majoring in Theatre Arts and English at the University of Puget Sound, Claire has blown us away with her rigorous research and expansive ideas already! We’re lucky to have someone with such a clear passion for storytelling, rich text, and multifaceted characters as part of our team. In fact, earlier this semester she presented a staged reading of The Socratic Method, an original full-length play created by Claire in fulfillment of her honors thesis. The script showcased just how brilliantly she can weave research into scene work. We’re elated to have such an exceptional student, scholar, artist, and writer on our team!

Three Questions With Claire:

What’s the best performance you’ve seen lately?

The best production I’ve seen recently has to be Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard by the Seagull Project at ACT in Seattle. The aesthetics were elegant, the direction was clear and exuberant, and some of the performances were downright mesmerizing.

What have you recently fallen in love with?

Recently, I’ve fallen in love with Southern Gothic music, overlarge sweaters, and pink highlighters. Theatrically, I’m really in love with Folgers’ online Shakespeare Library.

What do you hope to gain from working with ARTBARN?

I hope to gain an understanding of site-specific play development through my work with ARTBARN. In the past, I’ve only participated in projects that utilize copyrighted, well-established scripts in a traditional theater venue. With ARTBARN, I’m learning how to research towards original playwriting and also how to let physical space guide my storytelling.


Claire Martin is thrilled to be working with ARTBARN as a playwriting intern and dramaturg for their 2017 production. She is currently a senior at the University of Puget Sound, completing a dual B.A. in Theatre Arts and English, with a minor in Creative Writing. At UPS, she has worked as a director, dramaturg, and actor in over a dozen faculty-led and student-led theater productions. This spring, she directed a staged reading of her own original play, The Socratic Method. Favorite productions include: Twelfth Night (A.D. and textual dramaturg), Proof (Catherine), and Hamlet (Ophelia). She has worked with Artist Repertory Theater, Portland Center Stage, Oregon Children’s Theater, and Northwest Children’s Theater as a professional actor, guest teacher, and student. Other work includes thirteen years of competitive dance and seven years of competitive choral singing in the greater Portland area.