Theatre & Film Artist
Claro is a socially practice theatre & film artist who creates work to further build community, encourage cross- cultural dialogue, and highlight & explore underrepresented histories. Inclusion and Accessibility are underpinning values in his work and he is particularly interested in creating work in public spaces and alternative/ non-traditional venues.
As an actor, Claro has performed Off-Broadway with various NY theater companies that include the Pan Asian Rep, National Asian American Theater Company, International WOW Co., Imua! Theatre & Film, and Leviathan Lab. He has had the honor of devising theatre alongside community members in NYC and internationally. His short films have been screened in programs for the Anthology Film Archive and festivals at Chicago’s Portage Theater.
Additionally he is a proud theatre-based educator he serves arts organizations that include the Apollo Theater Education, CUNY Creative Arts Team, and The Filipino School of NY & NJ. He is a graduate of Fordham Theatre Program, the Third World Newsreel Film Workshop, and he holds an MA in Applied Theatre from CUNY School of Professional Studies. Recently, as a commissioned artist of the Laundromat Project’s Create Change program 2015, Claro launched the ongoing My Baryo, My Borough project, a community-centered oral history project that mobilizes community members to collect, share, and celebrate the largely overlooked legacy of the Filipino/ Filipino American community of NYC. Current projects include Active Archive Volume#1: Afro-Asian Solidarity & Kinship; and this summer you can see Claro Off-Broadway in Pan Asian Rep’s production of John Okada’s “No-No Boy”. | www.claro-que-si.com