Playwrights' Week 2015
Portland native Claire Willett is a proud company member of the Oregon writers’ collective Playwrights West and a founding artist of the Fertile Ground Festival of New Work. She was a finalist for the 2015 Jerome Fellowship at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and Regional Arts & Culture Council, and was the 2011 Oregon Literary Fellow for Drama. In addition to Dear Galileo, which recently received its world premiere in Portland, produced by Playwrights West and CoHo Productions, Claire’s other works include: the Scottish folk musical Carter Hall (currently in development with Nashville songwriter Sarah Hart); Upon Waking; How the Light Gets In; That Was the River, This Is the Sea (with Gilberto Martin del Campo); the chamber opera The Witch of the Iron Wood (with composer Evan Lewis); and The Demons Down Under the Sea, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee.” Her first novel, The Rewind Files, a sci-fi time travel adventure about Watergate, was released in September 2015 by Retrofit Publishing in Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Theatre from Whitman College and resides in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.