Clara Whippy, MFA
Performing Arts Experience
As the daughter of a marine biologist, Clara was raised in the islands of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, and Fiji which instilled in her a deep belief in the oneness of mankind. The various forms of cultural dance she was exposed to during her upbringing sparked her interest and during her high school years in Fiji Clara joined The MekeArt Tribe as a dancer in the Polynesian dance company. Her love of dance lead her to Perth, Australia where she toured with ArtWorks Visal Arts Theatre for a year, performing shows and conducting arts workshops at schools and youth centers around the country- from the inner city to remote aboriginal communities in the heart of the desert. Here she discovered her love for acting and her desire to work with children and youth whom she considers to be the promise and hope for our future. A six month internship with The Children's Theatre Company in New York City further confirmed her passion in this field.
Clara moved to Kauai in 2004 where she dedicated her energies to hula and Tahitian dance with Halau Hula o Hali'ileo, transferring to Oahu in 2007 to pursue her formal training in Theatre. In her undergraduate studies at UH Manoa Clara received the Award for Excellence in Youth Theatre from the UH Department of Theatre and Dance and continued on to receive her Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre for Young Audiences in 2012 with a concentration in Education and Puppetry. In Honolulu Clara has worked as a teaching artist with companies including 'Ohia Productions and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Clara is currently serving full time as the Oahu Coordinator of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program offered by the Baha'i Faith and is delighted to have joined the TMC ohana with Performing Arts Experience.