Claire is an actor and teaching artist from Rochester, NY. Since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in marketing and theatre arts, Claire has worked at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Hartford Stage, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. She has also studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. She currently is a Pittsburgh-based artist working for organizations such as Pittsburgh Public Theater, Jumping Jack Theater, Pine Richland Youth Center, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Social Work and more. Claire recently represented Jumping Jack at the Big Umbrella Festival at Lincoln Center, the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to arts programs for children on the autism spectrum and their families. She is grateful to have collaborated with so many giving arts and education professionals so far in her career that support the mission to engage, enrich and empower all audiences. Please visit clairemariesabatine.com.
As an actor and teaching artist, I have always been passionate about the power of the arts to empower all people. Whether it is through storytelling about people, places and things that are different than us, creative drama games and improvisation activities, or movement and vocal exercises that get us comfortable in our bodies, a new skillset is learned to enhance your everyday life and talents in a new way. I offer programming that supports an increase in self-confidence, empathy, and other interpersonal and communication skills. It’s amazing what can be gained and strengthened through simple practice of talking and listening truthfully to one another and putting yourself in someone else’s shoes — which is what acting is essentially!
The most beautiful experiences I have had with teachers happen when we collaborate with the unique needs of each student at the forefront of every conversation. I am definitely willing and able to adapt my curriculum to support your students specifically and that can be assessed through check-in meetings at the end of each class, even if it’s just for five minutes.
In addition to my acting resumé, I have years of experience as a teaching artist in creative drama with autism and life skills classrooms throughout Pennsylvania and have performed, created for and with audiences on the autism spectrum and with other special needs. I also have coached elementary, middle and high school students in scene study and Shakespeare for Pittsburgh Public Theater.
I look forward to working with you and your team! Thanks for your time and consideration.