Clara Kundin was raised in good ol’ Kansas where she started acting at the ripe age of 7. She received her B.A. in Theatre and Women’s Studies from St. Olaf College and then traveled across the ocean to train in physical theater at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. From Paris, she moved to Brooklyn where she has been working ever since.
Clara has performed regionally at The Guthrie Theater, the Lawrence Arts Center, the Capital Fringe, and the Chicago Fringe Festival. In Paris she performed regularly with Moving Parts and as a voice over artist. Now in New York, she has been seen onstage at Rattlestick Theater, Metropolitan Playhouse, Torn Out Theater, The GYM at Judson, Creative Time, The Irondale Center, and more.
In addition to her training at St. Olaf College and the École Jacques Lecoq, Clara has studied Shakespeare and devising with Ryan Quinn & Bedlam Theater, Shakespeare performance with Doug Scholz-Carlson of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, physical theater at Studio 206 under Robert Rosen, mask with Mariana Araoz and butoh with Yumi Fujitani at the École du Jeu in Paris. In NYC she was a company member with The Ume Group for 2 years, training in butoh and commedia dell’arte. She studies voice with David McCarthy.
Clara has taught and directed ages 3 - 93. She specializes in teaching devising and Lecoq technique. She has worked as a teaching artist and guest lecturer at Hamilton College, Hunter College, St. Olaf College, the Lawrence Arts Center, and has worked for Rebel Playhouse, Mainstages, Woodlawn Conservancy, E.P.I.C. Players, and more. She is currently the Afterschool Creative Coordinator at the Mary McDowell Friends School.
In 2016 she founded Rebel Playhouse, a theater for young audiences, with Sarah Sutliff and Greer Samuels. She served as Executive Director and producer for all of their shows from 2016-2019 and now has a position on the board of directors. Their shows have been seen at the 14th Street Y, The Tank, the Chicago Kids Fringe, Troy Arts Center, Access Theater, and more.