A writer-director and co-founder of Nebunele Theatre, an award winning 501c3 ensemble theatre company. During her time with Nebunele, Claytie has worked as a writer, performer, mask maker and director. Their interview-based production of The Secret Ruths of Island House won ‘Best New Play’ at both the San Francisco and Boulder, Colorado fringe festivals, later touring to San Diego and NYC. Claytie’s work as a writer-director has been lauded by the SF Chronicle as “…an engrossing exercise in theatrical simplicity” and “…almost heartbreaking in it’s sympathetic and curiously affirmative humanity.” She has twice headlined San Francisco’s DIVAfest, a festival celebrating women artists, poets and playwrights, and her work has been performed throughout the United States, from California to New York.
Claytie finished her Masters of Fine Arts in playwriting at Columbia University with a special concentration in Narrative Medicine, where she focused on issues related to the medical community, aging, identity, and end of life. While at Columbia, Claytie received the Arts Outreach Fellowship, and created a program that joined residents of the Amsterdam Nursing Home with grad students from Columbia’s MFA program in oral history, interview-based theatre projects.
Most recently, Claytie received the Thousand Oaks Community Development grant to create The Love & Loss Project, an interview-based performance focusing on the stories of people who have lost their life partners. The Love & Loss Project performed at the Piers-Brandt Theatre in Thousand Oaks in 2018 to packed houses. Claytie is currently working on a children’s play called The Big White Door, which uses mask and puppetry to explore the end of life from a child’s perspective.