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Claire Townsend is a New York City based costume designer. She holds a MA in Design for Performance from Central St Martins, London, and an BA in Costume Design from Wimbledon School of Art. Since graduating she's worked in Los Angeles and NYC where she currently resides. Recent projects include The Richard Project for AADA, Afterlife & Josephine for  Chelsea Opera, and Madama Butterfly for West Bay Opera. 

She works in costume production at the Metropolitan Opera.

With all in person theatre work on hiatus due to COVID, and severe mobility issues she has been working on online projects.

The premiere of "Nightingale", a new opera film with words by Bea Goodwin & music by Rossa Crean, inspired by the Kavanaugh hearings will show, 1st January 2020 on Frisson Films' website.  Claire created artwork to compliment these beautiful and haunting Vignettes, performed by Elyse Fukacek.

She has designed a zoom theatre piece with Letter of Marque Theater Company, The Isle is Full of Noises, about the downtown arts scene in the 1980s and inspired by a script by Billy Martin which can be viewed online here


She created artwork in isolation, with Renee Berthelette, which can be seen at an online gallery at, and was seen at First Live in Brooklyn as a site specific painting performance

She created video and collage for Elly Kace's series of music videos for the song Don't should on Me, in colloboration with Bea Goodwin. More about the project here

In April 2024 she will be remounting "The Cup of Knowledge" an immersive fortune telling theatre experience, with words by Bea Goodwin and music by Whitney E George, co-produced with Letter of Marque Theater Company.

For more about her upcoming work follow her blog here

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