claire dettloff

claire dettloff

claire (she/her) is a michigan-born composer, lyricist, actor, and playwright currently based in phoenix, az. claire holds a bfa in musical theatre performance from central michigan university, and is moving into her third and final year at arizona state university as an mfa playwright. her original work, both musicals and straight plays, is rooted in intersectional feminism and embracing the messiness of...
claire (she/her) is a michigan-born composer, lyricist, actor, and playwright currently based in phoenix, az. claire holds a bfa in musical theatre performance from central michigan university, and is moving into her third and final year at arizona state university as an mfa playwright. her original work, both musicals and straight plays, is rooted in intersectional feminism and embracing the messiness of womanhood. her short play "stuffed" was a finalist for theatre master’s take ten festival in new york, and her three-chapter monologue play "chew the fat" was presented at the valdez theatre conference in 2023. claire’s work has also been seen on central michigan university’s main stage, at prism theatre company in phoenix, and in various spaces at asu. in august of 2024, "stuffed" will be read as part of the top 30 in the samuel french off off broadway short play festival. in the spring of 2025, her new full-length play "over my dead body there’ll be a pillow fight (the sleepover play)" will be produced in asu's first annual new plays festival.

claire is a passionate teaching artist, music director, and dramaturg at a number of theaters in the greater phoenix area, in addition to being an instructor-of-record at asu in both theatre and english. a proud member of lmda and adjudicator for the dramatists guild and the playwright’s center, claire’s favorite thing to do is dig into a new play (and sometimes write a theme song for it!).

Plays

  • good people
    carrie and lowell come in from the cold.
  • welcome to the neighborhood
    a monologue - from one neighbor to another
  • stuffed
    at the twenty-four hour ihop, maggie and june spend the wee hours of the morning unpacking what it means to be "well-endowed."

Recommended by claire dettloff

  • The Female Gaze
    2 Aug. 2023
    "it's a comfort to exist without being seen." this line represents so much about the world women are living in, and there's nothing i love more than a play about women healing. blevins' play "the female gaze" expertly illustrates the bonds that form between women who want nothing but to take their power back and eat some fruit in peace.
  • Space Laser, In Space!
    21 Jul. 2023
    this play is loaded - with history, nuance, gravitas, and humor. the world blevins has crafted is so beautifully specific and functions perfectly for the subject matter. with the resurgence of so much hateful, anti-semitic rhetoric, space laser, in space! couldn't have come at a better time.
  • 18
    17 Jul. 2023
    from the very first line, "18" expertly grabs the reader's attention and brings us along on an intense journey across just 14 pages. it's a feat to craft completely compelling characters in such a short time, but buckley does this with ease. this is a truly beautiful play about police brutality and mass incarceration that should be produced everywhere. a must see/read.
  • Stubs
    12 Jul. 2023
    A super cute 10-minute that perfectly captures the romantic mundanity of tax season.
  • How to Survive AMERICAN Grade School
    12 Jul. 2023
    "the apathetic are unfit to govern." in 15 pages, danko crafts a suspenseful, anxiety-inducing crescendo that comments on the reality of students (of all ages) in america. the ending rattle of a doorknob illustrates the haunting truth that in this country, we are never as far-removed from gun violence as we may prefer to think. this play is artful and timely and painful and important.