Claire Derriennic

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Claire Derriennic is a performer, puppeteer, educator and all-around theatre-maker pursuing a M.F.A. in Theatre with a specialization in drama and theatre for youth and communities. She attended international schools in Macedonia, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Bangladesh before moving to Washington D.C. to attend Georgetown University. After graduating from college, Derriennic worked in marketing at Imagination Stage, a theatre for young audiences in Bethesda, Maryland. She is also a long-time counselor at Lac du Bois, a drama-based French immersion program in northern Minnesota. In 2019, Derriennic's interest in puppetry led her to Tokushima, Japan, where she studied Bunraku puppetry. Since returning to the United States, Derriennic has assistant directed a production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe featuring a three-person lion puppet. She also served as a directing intern at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. Derriennic has created several performances including Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and The Princess and the Period that adapt fairy tales to touch on issues of bodily autonomy and consent. She hopes to continue to study how theatre for young audiences and puppetry can be used to explore social justice issues.


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