Claire-Frances is an NYC-based actor, singer, musician, composer/lyricist, and playwright. Originally from Michigan, Claire-Frances graduated from Central Michigan University with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance. She’s most recently performed in New York City with the Signature Theatre Company, TheaterLab, and in various cabaret settings.
Claire-Frances is an internationally produced and award-winning playwright with work produced by and/or developed at the Powerhouse Theater, Midland Center for the Arts, TACT studios, The Pulp Stage Theatre Company, Festival 56, and the Bread and Roses Theater. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Playwright's Center of Minneapolis, and is a lyricist with the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Claire-Frances's original musical, Fostered Love, was the recipient of the Kennedy Center's National Musical Theatre award through the Micheal Kanin Playwriting Awards in 2018. Her work includes short plays, full-length plays, song cycles, and full-length musicals with original book, music, and lyrics.
Whatever the medium, Claire-Frances is dedicated to being a person and what that means when you get to make art with other people. You may have seen her at the Open Jar Institute for Musical Theater, at the Powerhouse Theater Training Company as a playwriting apprentice, or at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in residence as a playwright observer. You may have heard of her as CF, Frankie, or C-Frank. When she’s not making things, Claire-Frances loves playing Stardew Valley, spoiling her two cats, and tending to her family of plants.