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The actors playing Persues and Medusa embrace. Medusa is lifted in the air. The stage is lit in purples and reds.


I write for the stage to create joy, form connections, and explore big, complicated ideas. I am passionate about the crossover between physical and digital spaces. Here are some of my produced works and what's in-motion.


Maybe She Dies

Maybe She Dies is a Little Mermaid for adults, reimagined from the 1837 original: a quite grim tale where a mermaid is obsessed with a boy, makes a rash choice, acquires a disabled body, then dies. See this story boldly reconsidered through the lens of mental illness and disability. Reject your tropes. Embrace story arcs with nuance and messiness. Challenge narratives where disabled characters are cured or killed. Be swept away by the music and soundscape. You’ll have to see which branching storyline you’ll experience of 192 possible plays.


Written by Amy Claussen, after Hans Christian Andersen, soundscape by James Rushin.

For 5  actors with doubling.

Actors playing Medusa and Perseus meet each other's gaze for the first time.

Medusa's Reflection

Perseus is on a quest to kill Medusa, and Medusa is ready for it. She has suffered enough. But wait, heroes can't claim victory without a fight. Maybe there's more to Medusa than meets the eye, if only Perseus could look at her without turning to stone.

Performed at Fighting Chance, SAFEhouseARTS in SF, CA

Starring Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor's greatest love affairs and deepest tragedies were closely observed by her producers, the paparazzi, and the world. A play-poem about Liz's early life, formed from verbatim interviews and lines from her films. Co-written with Lara Hillier.

Performed at Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY

The ensemble lifts Elizabeth Taylor in an iconic Cleopatric side-lounging pose.

Photo by Rachel Philipson.


The Phoenix Flower Cafe, deep in the New Mexico desert. A comically dysfunctional, fiercely cruel, and deeply loving family are hungry for change. When a stranger shows up, will they find the magic they’re looking for?

Workshopped at Profile Theatre in Portland, OR

Read at Penguin Rep in Stony Point, NY

Read at Primary Stages / ESPA in NYC

An absctract scenic design with elements for the American Southwest: cacti, the moon, the body of a woman, gas pumps. Diner furniture is suspended in the air, as actors face forward.

Conceptual design by Stephen Dobay.

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Pretend! The Musical

Justine is perfect princess material. However, when her fairy godmother is unable to give her a happily-ever-after, she grows up quickly. "The dreams that you wish do come true", so be careful what you wish for. Co-written with James Rushin.

Workshopped at The Pitch / Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn NY

Workshopped at MTAP / University of Pittsburgh

Workshopped at Carnegie Mellon / Playground in Pittsburgh, PA

The City

Three dreamers act out their hopes and fears in this coming-of-age collection of scenes, music, and poetry. Co-developed with the company (Christine Dwyer, Bethany James, Jamison Daniels, and Kyle Brand), as well as guest composers.

Performed at Sandbox Theatre / Paul Gleason Theatre in LA

Three actors stand with their backs to each other. There is a single lighbulb above their head. They're bathed in a soft blue light.
Writer-actress Amy Claussen, a tall white man with curly red hair, stares at a stage full of bubbles, beside a large vase.

Solo shows

I've written a collection of lyrical solo pieces, combining a theme with an element: beauty + water, home + earth, love + fire, wind + loss.

Performed at NYC Fringe Festival

Performed at Allegheny RiverStone Arts in Foxburg, PA

Performed at Garage Theatre Group in Teaneck, NJ

Performed at Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat, CO

Performed at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA

Performed at Idyllwild Arts Academy in CA

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