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Clare Barron

Clare Barron is a playwright and actor from Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays have been produced by Page 73, Woolly Mammoth, Clubbed Thumb and The Bushwick Starr, and will appear at Playwrights Horizons and Steppenwolf in 2018. She is the recipient of an Obie Award, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award at The Vineyard and the Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship. Barron was also the co-winner of the inaugural 2015 Relentless Award established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman for her play Dance Nation. She lives in Brooklyn.




Dance Nation Trailer

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay.


Production Photos: Dance Nation

"Sadness, Surprise, Fierce!" The electrifying performers of ‘Dance Nation’ bring their all in Clare Barron's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning play.

Footnote: Stand Up and Dance

Clare Barron talks to three teenage dancers about the friendships they've formed through dance, what competition means to them, and what performing has taught them. Also: they dance!


In Process: Clare Barron

Clare Barron discusses ‘Dance Nation,’ her complicated feelings about ambition and success, and how we carry what happens in our youth throughout the rest of our lives.

Playwrights' Perspectives

Playwright’s Perspective: Dance Nation

I wanted to write this play because I wanted to present a different picture of teenage girls onstage. One where trauma wasn’t the central narrative. One where “being the best” was.


From the Artistic Director: Dance Nation

Power surges everywhere through Dance Nation. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a play that captures as fully the breadth and depth of the adolescent experience, and certainly not one about adolescent girls.


The American Voice: No Pudding

Clare is far from invisible in her plays; or, more precisely, Clare has become far from invisible. If anything, the progression of her writing shows an increasing emergence of herself in her work.


Backstory: Smile for Me

Laying bare the raw humanity of her characters across the rich continuum of their lives, Clare throws down a gauntlet: she insists on a representation of women that is more multivalently human.