Claudia Perry is an Actress, Singer, Composer/Lyricist, Playwright and Director.
As a performer she has worked on stage and in film with the likes of Peter Falk, Fred Gwynne, Tony Musante, Jay Arnold, Paxton Whitehead and William Friedkin.
She has just finished writing and recording the Title Song for the Indie Film, “Variety” and written the Music & Lyrics for the Title Song for the TV Pilot, “Town Trekkers”.
“Vienna, My City of Dreams”, developed at Manhattan Playwrights Inc., was given a reading by the Dramatists Guild’s Philly Footlights Play Reading Series at The Adrienne Theatre in Philadelphia. She wrote the newly adapted book for the musical, “Jamaica” which had a six week run at the Prince Music Theater and was Composer/Lyricist for “Queen of Hearts”, a musical on the life of Princess Diana, which ran Off-Broadway at the Harold Clurman Theatre.
“Hard Luck Dame” – A Film Noir Musical, was performed at the Samuel French Festival in NYC in which she also appeared. Radio Plays – A Series of Short Vignettes was performed as part of The Fifth Annual Festival of Script Teasers at The Friars Club. With a Grant from the Robert Wood Foundation she was twice commissioned to write and direct, “Putting Out the Fire” – A Dramatization to Help Victims of Abuse, a play with original incidental music, in which she also appeared.
The Society Hill Sheraton debuted three of her original musicals, “Hard Luck Dame”, “Ai, Caramba!” – A Latin Dance Musical and “Doctors & Nurses” – A Medical Spoof. An Alumna Member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, songs from her project, “A Loss of Roses” were presented in the Advanced Class run by Tony Award-winning Maury Yeston.
She composed the music for “The Body Shop”, a short musical about the afterlife, first presented at the Workshop and then which ran at the West Side Arts Repertory Theatre in NYC. It has been seen as part of the Artists-in-Residence Concert Series at Holy Cross Church in Kingston, New York and at The Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church’s Dessert Concerts with a cast including Ken Prymus, Edythe Jason, and Ms. Perry.
Ms. Perry has also written and performed a series of cabaret shows. To mention a few: “Along for the Ride”, “Modern Luv”, “The Last Brunette”, “The New Claudia Perry Show” and “She’s So Original!” Her ballad, “Ashes in the Rain” has been performed and recorded by Back Stage’s 1992 Bistro Award Winner, who was spotlighted in Back Stage by John Hoglund as was Ms. Perry’s song.
At the Kelsey Theatre she has directed the world premieres of, “Snow White – The Musical”, “Hansel & Gretel – The Musical” and “Alice in Wonderland – The Musical (with costumes by Broadway’s David Toser).
As the Featured Vocalist with Jazz Celebration, a 17 piece Big Band, she appears monthly at the Café Lava in Philadelphia. You can see her on YouTube singing two of her original songs (put in Jazz Celebration Big Band and go to “Mr. Conductor” & “Poor Girl’s Aphrodisiac”) and she’s just recorded a CD with this group – “Little Girl with a Big Band”.
To see Video & Film clips and hear original music, visit her website at www.claudiaperry.com. Currently, Claudia serves as the Philadelphia Area & Environs Critic for Aisle Say, the Internet Magazine of Stage Reviews and Opinion at www.aislesay.com.
AFFILIATIONS: ASCAP BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (Alumna)
The Dramatists Guild Inc. SAG-AFTRA, Actor’s Equity Association