Claire Willett

writing books and plays in portland, oregon

The official website of Portland writer Claire Willett.

Her dialogue is truthful, her characters fully human, and the questions she has them wrestle with provoke the kind of debate about personal history, family, faith and belief that is the substance of our strongest theatre and playwriting.
— Chicago Playwright Carlos Murillo

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. 

Her play Dear Galileo was produced in Portland in 2015 by Playwrights West and CoHo Productions and has been developed at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture (NY), the Lark Play Development Center (NY), Pasadena Playhouse (CA) and Artists Repertory Theatre (OR).  She is currently the recipient of a commission from the Sheen Center to complete the play for a potential future production.

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); and the chamber opera The Witch of the Iron Wood (with composer Evan Lewis), among others.

Her first novel, The Rewind Files, a YA time travel adventure about Watergate, was released in September 2015 by Retrofit (now Axiomatic Publishing) in Los Angeles, with a sequel expected in 2018. 

She has a B.A. in Theatre from Whitman College, is a graduate of the Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program, and resides in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.